A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT CHRISTIAN GIVING TO THOSE IN NEED
THOUGHTS ABOUT GIVING TO THOSE IN NEED
Our support of Hope Haven Gospel Mission is fulfilling the Great Commandment to love God and to love our neighbors. This is expressed through the giving of gifts to our neighbors in need. The apostle Paul reminds us of our responsibility as Christians by giving us this exhortation. Hebrews 13:16 “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Giving is not to be done, because of what it does for us, but because we love God and wish to bring glory to God. Christians are also promised a heavenly reward for the kindness that we show toward the poor when it is done quietly. Matthew 6:2 “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3 “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Our giving is a sign of our obedience to God and is an expression of our love. Jesus stated a very simple, but powerful fact about obedience and love. John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” It is our giving or lack of giving, which will be used to determine whether we will be admitted into heaven. Jesus put it this way:
Matthew 25:31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 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 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to 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 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
Our Lord Christ Jesus desires that His brothers and sisters perform acts of kindness for those in need. We trust that Hope Haven Gospel Mission is using our gifts to honor God through the charitable work they do to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and to give shelter to those without homes. Every person who claims to be a Christian will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and be judged by Him on the basis of sacrificial giving to those in need (Matthew 25:31-46). Giving to people in need is not an optional part of being a Christian. Our Lord Christ Jesus has made it a central criterion for determining whether we will be allowed to enter heaven. His judgment will be personal and individual. We will not be admitted to heaven, because we are part of a certain country or church, but His decision will be based on what we as individuals have done. What are you doing to care for those in need? Based on your meeting of the standards that Jesus set forth regarding our giving to those in need, where will He direct you on judgment day?
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been 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; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
David M Peterson
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