Helping the needy

On Wednesday 9th of August I ran a Bible study with my family on Matthew 25:31-46…

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. ‘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. 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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?” ‘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.” ‘Then he will say to those on his left, “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 ill and in prison and you did not look after me.” ‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or ill or in prison, and did not help you?” ‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” ‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.’

My bible study brought up some interesting points:

  • Helping the needy doesn’t get you to Heaven.
  • You shouldn’t give money if it puts you in financial difficulty or you will be a burden to the church.
  • Tithing was the Israelites giving a tenth of all their crops to the temple of God. Therefore today, Christians don’t have to tithe. But God may call a Christian to give a tenth of their money to Him.
  • If anyone gives anything to anyone God wants them it give cheerfully.

Though helping the needy doesn’t get you to Heaven and you shouldn’t give money if it puts you in financial difficulty, how and/or what can you give to those in need? What you do for the least of God’s people -everyone- you do for God.

Steve

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