Tuesday, 30 July 2013

DON’T OPPRESS THE POOR

TEXT: EZEKIEL 34: 17-21
God does not delight in the rich oppressing the poor or the less privileged. God wants the rich to help the needy with their money; your wealth is not only for you and your family alone. If you are a genuine child of God, you should be happy when you are able to meet people’s need and be of help to them, rather than being a threat to them. In the scripture; anytime Jesus come across people in need of one thing or the other, he does not withhold his help. He helped and meets their needs generously.
The apostle of old did the same thing, when Jesus instructed them to go and make disciple of all nation, the scripture says “All believers were together and had everything in common, selling their possessions and goods; they gave to ANYONE as he had need.” (Acts 2: 44-45) They preached the gospel and they share food, clothing, and all they have together in love. As God’s children we should preach the love of God and demonstrate it to people around us.

Some rich believers love to be worshipped and adored; they want the needy around them to turn them to their “gods”. Oppressing the poor can cause God to be angry with you, because it is God that created both the rich and the poor. “Anyone one who oppresses the poor is insulting God who made them, to help the poor is to honour God.” (Proverbs 14:31)
Do not withhold your help from the poor, the more you help them the more blessing you will get from God. “ Tell them to use their money to do good they should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this, they will be storing up real treasures for themselves in Heaven- It is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)
Whatever you do to the people around you, you are doing it to God, be it good or bad. (Matthew 25:35-45)
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