“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” – 1 John 3:17
Money is a gift from God of which we are to be good stewards. It’s also necessary for everyday life as it’s used for bills, food, and clothes. But being able to also use our money to bless those who are less fortunate or those who have fallen upon hard times glorifies God. Looking for opportunities to help those in need is an act of obedience. Through God’s wisdom and His love, you too can impact the poor in your area and across the world.
The Bible tells us:
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16
Jesus told his followers:
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38
The message here is that when we share our blessings with others, blessings will come our way as well.
The Poor Will Always Exist – We Can Always Help
“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” – Deuteronomy 15:11
The Bible tells us that the poor will always be with us. History has proven this to be true. And while we may not ever be able to eliminate all poverty, we can help those in need. That, too, will always be true.
Church Pays Off Medical Debt of 2,000 Strangers
“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9
Grand Rapids First Church in Wyoming, Michigan executed a real-life example of following the Bible’s command that Christians look after and help the poor, sharing their “bread” – the green kind – in a truly wonderful display of generosity.
While some churches use the enormous amount of money they raise to buy multimillion dollar personal jets and lavish compounds, this church used the enormous funds it raised to follow the Bible verses about money, using it help the poor.
The church purchased over $1.8 million worth of medical debt for “less than a penny on the dollar” through a nonprofit group to bring relief to nearly 2,000 struggling families in four counties.
“There are people whose medical debt, they cannot pay. There is no way. It’s looming over their head,” Pastor Sam Rijfkogel said to the congregation during last Sunday’s service. “Most of these folks are in poverty levels or below poverty levels and there’s no way that it can be repaid.”
“Today, that $1,832,439.26 that’s looming over families right now, those families that are living at poverty rates or less. It has been paid in full as a result of a gift from this church,” lead pastor Rijfkogel said. “Paid in full, not held against them one bit.”
The largest individual debt paid off was $75,581, according to the church.