For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you, for I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them in Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago, and your zeal hath provoked very many. 2 Corinthians 9:1,2

What would the apostle have written if this was his letter to your Assembly? Would his words sounded anything like this? What has your Assembly done lately to help poor Christians, or others living in poverty and difficult circumstances? How much money has been distributed this year? And how much last year? How many hours do the folks in the Assembly spend gathering clothes and other articles to send to very needy places such as Ukraine?

What about you personally? How deeply into your pockets have you reached to help a saint in need? What is your budget for helping those with less resources than yourself? How many items have you assembled to contribute to this very worthy cause? And have you sought out bargains for supplies that you can buy to contribute? How much inconvenience have you accepted to enable others to obtain the food and clothing and other materials that they need?

The Lord Jesus spoke frequently about the poor, in fact, He majored on it many times. It’s important, actually one of the most important aspects of our lives. But we in North America have developed the ability to keep the needy out of sight and out of mind, and therefore out of pocketbook. We don’t know about the need, so we don’t offer to help out.

That’s no excuse. Scripture reminds us often to seek out the needy, to look for the need, and be quick to offer what we can to help.

When was the last time you went without a meal? There are many who can’t remember the last time they had a good meal, and others who have no idea where the next meal is coming from. We have it in our power to do something.

Be among the many who have been provoked to generosity by the example of the Corinthians. -Jim MacIntosh

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