We’re entering the Holiday Season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. Time to celebrate!
This time of the year means family, food and football for a lot of people. It means the changing of seasons and the leaves turning the beautiful colors of fall. It means parades, parties and presents. And snow! At least for those of us who live in the northeastern part of the United States.
As the song says, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Or is it?
Not for everyone.
In all of the festivities it’s easy to forget that we are blessed. It’s even easier to forget those who aren’t.
There are so many people around the world who won’t enjoy the holidays the way you do – and some of them are just outside your back door.
The Bible has a lot to say about how we as Christians are to relate to the poor, especially in the book of Proverbs.
He who has mercy on the poor, happy is he (Prov 14:21).
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy (Prov 14:31).
He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished (Prov 17:5).
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given (Prov 19:17).
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard (Prov 21:13).
Check out James 2:2-9 for a longer New Testament perspective on how we are to treat poor people.
There is a special place in the heart of God for poor people and there should be a special place in our hearts as well.
This holiday season find a way to bless someone who is less fortunate than you. Take a holiday meal to a poor family. Buy some presents for some children who won’t get any presents otherwise. Serve a meal at your local rescue mission.
There are many ways that you can help someone celebrate the holidays who is dreading this time of the year.
It’s not a matter of time – we all have the same 24 hours in the day. It’s not a matter of money (maybe it is for some) – we all have enough. It’s simply a matter of priority.
Make helping someone a priority this holiday season.
The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all (Prov 22:2).
Stay in the Word