If you are a regular reader on this blog, you will know that we’ve been reading through the Bible in 90 Days together. (Today is Day 61!) One thing that has struck me again and again as I have read this time through has been the idea to care for the orphans, the widows and the poor.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
This is not something I feel like I’m doing well at this stage in my life. Sure, I donate to good causes, support a child in Haiti, small things like that, but am I even making impact enough to leave a footprint? Do my children feel like we help the poor? Do they see our faith in action? Friends, this is something that has really touched my heart in the past couple of months, and I’m still not sure where I’m headed. I just know what I do is not enough. What is enough? I don’t know what that looks like, either, but I’m always open to suggestions.
Since we are a one-income family, we budget. We are doing our best to cut costs in all sorts of areas and I frequently tell my children that we don’t have enough money to do so-and-so. But the truth is, we are rich beyond measure. My husband has a good job and is a good provider. We have a roof over our heads, central air conditioning and a heater which keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. My children, regardless of what they may say at times, have never experienced true hunger, and we have so many “things” that we are constantly having to clean up. My three girls alone have enough clothes to clothe a small army. Chances are, if you are reading this blog you have a computer and internet access. You’re like me — wealthy beyond measure.
So what do we do? I don’t know. This is not one of those blog posts wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a neat bow. There are no nifty bullet points at the end to give you action steps or ideas to live out. But I do hope I’ve given you something to ponder over. In the end, I think this is something to which we will all have to answer.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 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.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25: 31-46