Thursday, August 15, 2013

Let Us Remember The Poor

Galatians 2:10
  • Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

When the leaders of the Jerusalem church, James, Peter and John gave Paul and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, and told them to go to the Gentile to preach the gospel, the Jerusalem leaders only asked Paul and Barnabas to remember this.

  • "Remember the poor"

There have been many conversions and people from many nations who came to Jerusalem jointed the Christian church of Jerusalem. Although many shared their money and resources with the church. Many of the Jewish Christians were still poor. Since the invitation of the gospel was given to everyone and anyone who believed in Jesus were saved. The number of Christians were growing while the church still needed a lot of financial support.

On top of this, now in those days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch where Paul and Barnabus were located and preaching the gospel.

  • And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 
  • So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 
  • And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

When we do the work of the Lord, let us remember the poor. 

Let us remind ourselves of His word in regards to the poor.

Proverbs 19:17
  • Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

Matthew 10:42
  • And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward."

Matthew 25:40
  • "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

2 Corinthians 9:6-12
  • The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 
  • Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 
  • And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
  • As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever.”

  • He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 
  • You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 
  • For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

Proverbs 28:27
  • He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Hebrews 6:10
  • God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Deuteronomy 15:7, 8
  • “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,
  • but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

John 3:16
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God gave us Himself to us, let us be generous and give ourselves to others.

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