December 21, 2014
A woman asked me what seemed a very startling question: "I hear so many sermons about helping the poor, but my question is, where are the poor?" To her, this was a very valid question. She was an affluent career person living in an upper middle-class neighborhood. Each morning she got up, went to work and arrived home at 7 p.m. In her realm, where were the poor?
Many of you may also live and work in areas with little or no exposure to people commonly thought of as "poor." Let's face it; not many single women are likely to go walking the streets of Skid Row at night in search of the "lost." So what can you do?
Look at what Jesus did. Where did He find the poor? In the vast majority of cases, He simply opened His eyes and noticed what was going on around Him...wherever He was. One sentence in the book of John exemplifies it: "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth" (John 9:1, NKJV).
Once, He noticed a grieving mother in a funeral procession, so He raised her son from the dead. Another time He noticed the spiritual hunger of a woman at a well and offered her salvation. Jesus knew time was short! He warned His disciples, "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on when no man can work" (John 9:4, AMP).
Pray tonight for increased powers of observation, as well as increased willingness to utilize opportunities to minister...any time, anywhere.
Our Evening Prayer - Let's Pray Together...
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me eyes to see and ears to hear. Help me to use these powers of observation to reach out to those on my path-whether their poverty is physical, emotional or spiritual. For I know that as my desire to minister intensifies, so will Your faithfulness in giving me seeds to sow. In Jesus' Name, Amen.