DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, His focus was on helping the poor and He left a command for us today to love and serve the poor and needy unconditionally. He promises reward and blessings for those who are kind to the needy, but to the selfish persons in society, He will say, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”
We read in Luke 14: 12-14: “Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The poor in society are always those who are oppressed, underprivileged and powerless. It was never God’s plan for us to eat our bread alone. He demonstrated this when He fed over 5000 men with two fish and five barley loaves that was in a little boy’s lunch basket. This is the work of a loving and caring God that we serve, who always looks upon His children with compassion. We see today that there is scant regard for the marginalized in society. The rich continues to give lavishly to the rich, while they turn a blind eye to the destitute who go hungry day after day, who are not properly clothed, and who go without the basic necessities of life.
We do the poor a great injustice when we continue to neglect them by being inconsiderate to their needs, especially when we can afford to meet some of their needs. Many have still not come to the realization that when we give to the poor, we lend to the Lord and God blesses us for that. Jesus instilled in us the fact that we are to love and support the less fortunate. How can this be done? Whenever we throw our big luncheons and hold our dinner fetes, we should forget about inviting the ‘who is who’ in society, we should forget about inviting our family, and we should forget about inviting our rich neighbors and invite the poor, the cripples, the lame and the blind. The Word of God tells us if we share and care for the needy and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then our light shall rise in the darkness and our gloom will be as the noonday.
When Jesus returns to separate the righteous from the unrighteous, Matthew 25: 34-40 warn us: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation 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 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit 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 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
The Word of God is crystal clear, if you neglect the Lord by not providing for the poor, you are heading for damnation and will burn in the pit of hell. We may not be able to feed 5000, but we can at least meet some of the needs of just one. The late Mother Theresa was a savior to thousands of the poorest of the poor. She indicated, “When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”Mother Teresa’s started out with no money and no supplies but still tried to help the millions of poor, starving, and dying that lived on the streets of India and she was blessed by God. It is God’s will that we look after the orphans and widows in their distress.
Blessed are you when you give to the poor. The Book of Luke tells us, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” Let us make the effort today to show love to at least one person in need, let us make the effort to feed at least one hungry person today, and let us make the effort to clothe at least one less fortunate person today. If we fully obey the Lord’s commands, we will be a blessed people and will receive eternal life with Christ when He returns.
So as you give generously to the poor, the blind, the lame and the crippled, I pray that the Lord will bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace, in Jesus name, Amen.