The Daily Challenge
by D. E. Stribling
Will The Poor Always Be Here?

39 Scripture
That Compel Action

The Practice of Sharing Christianity

God's love in our hearts keeps expanding our ability to love others as Christ loves us.

Practice makes perfect.

Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 

Colossians 3: 1-4   NIV 



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The phrase, “The poor you will always have  with you,” was not intended to be a definitive statement that excuses us from sharing with the poor.  Neither was Paul's statement, “If they don't work, they don't eat.”

Loving kindness is the main characteristic of God, and He intends that we take on his character.  We too are to be known for our kindness, even toward those who may seem unworthy.   The first phrase is too easily used as my excuse for doing nothing in the face of a person's real need.  We might think to ourselves, “Oh well, there will always be poor people, so why bother.”

We want everyone to work as hard as we do, but some people cannot, for various reasons.  A disabled or elderly person, or a family whose breadwinner has abandoned them, are examples.   We would not tell a 90 year old woman whose resources have dwindled to a poverty level, “If you don't work you don't eat.” 

A good rule of thumb is to ask God how to respond to human need in each case.  Biblical principles are personalized by the Holy Spirit who guides our responses to human needs. God in us, is available to enable us to love others as He does. What a mighty God we serve.