Serve the Needy
Defend the weak and the orphans; defend the rights of the poor and suffering. Save the weak and helpless; free them from the power of the wicked. – Psalm 82:3-4 (CEV)
From the beginning, I have always had a heart for the needy. Throughout the Bible I talk about the need to help the poor, orphans, the oppressed and those who haven’t had a fair shake in life. It’s why I sent My Son into the world, so He could show people a better way than using others for personal gain.
Let’s face it: human nature is always concerned with looking out for #1. But along the way, things get out of whack. Ever known someone who uses their power just to order others around? Who use their position of influence to enrich themselves? Know any employers who build bigger bank accounts and pay their workers as little as they can get away with? You can get so busy worrying about yourself that you forget there are others needing help. Like children without a father, or widows who have lost their husband and may be too old to work.
I like it when My people reach out to those in need. Who offer hungry people a meal, or clothe those who wander about in hand-me-downs. Who volunteer as mentors for young people. Who are ready to do something as simple as offer a listening ear to someone in grief, or dealing with the pain of losing everything in a fire or a flood. Those who serve the needy are My eyes, ears, hands and feet in the world.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Read Deuteronomy 15:1-11 – Then talk about how the financial system in Israel differs from modern-day banking practices.
- What problems of poverty have you observed in your town or city? Describe how you could be of service to those in need.
- Watch this video on service: and relate what ideas came to you as you watched it.