“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
Isaiah 58:6-7 NLT
Why do we often prefer to give money to an organization far away to help the poor and needy rather than to reach out ourselves to those in need into our own backyards? According to one mission organization president, when we get our hands dirty helping those right around us, it’s not neat and tidy and perfectly defined like a $25/month commitment. We don’t know where the need will end, if ever, and it’s hard to set boundaries.
Yet, this is exactly what God calls us to do–to feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, and clothe those who need it. And we are not to duck tail and run from our relatives who need help. We may have to forego some of our own comfort to reach out in this way and give a hand up. Yes, God calls believers out of our zones of familiarity and ease. Where do you see a need today?🚦
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