Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
There are many phenomenal events that I have witnessed in my lifetime, especially the healing of many patients who were given a limited time to live. When I read about Jesus feeding the multitude of 5,000 from two loaves of bread and five fish, Matthew 14:13-21, I sometimes wish that He was here right now to perform the same remarkable miracles.
We can agree that money is first on the hierarchy as one of our most valuable resources. Without a steady income, the chance of living a productive life is almost impossible. In countries where Capitalism is the standard, there are very few purchases one can make or receive vital services without spending money. Either you pay now or pay later with interest, the choice is yours.
Although it is difficult to believe, there was a time when people exchanged services or goods without using money with a system known as Trade and Bartering. But as societies evolved, the acquisition of cash became our primary focus. The “I” concept prevails, along with the getting rich or die trying mentality; selfishness and greed are the new standards for core values.
Many corporations have been pressured into identifying and pursuing their Social Responsibility; even so, homelessness, hunger, foster children, and other problems continue to multiply on a global level. So let’s scale the responsibility down to one individual–you, a Believer. What is our role in alleviating the suffering of others? Many of us are actively doing our part, but do we give our best or the least wanted of our accumulation of tangible items?
For example, many individuals donate preowned clothing to nonprofit organizations that resell to those in need. Consider another option, purchase new clothing, and donate to faith-based community organizations that give vouchers to qualified applicants to shop for free. Imagine being destitute due to circumstances beyond your control, and your only option is the cast-offs of preowned items.
Assimilation is defined as the process of a person relinquishing their values-principles or ideals–to accept and adapt to think, act, and live like the majority, making them indistinguishable from other members of said society. If you are thinking of reasons why the unfortunate or underprivileged should be grateful for what they receive, then your character traits and values are misaligned with God’s standards. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 1 John 3:17.
God gave His best for us, His only Son, Jesus Christ suffered and died on a cross used for the death of criminals. We must thoroughly examine ourselves for traits, beliefs, and behaviors that make it impossible for others to know that we serve the true and living God. Comparing ourselves to God’s requirements should result in making immediate changes. It is possible to cease all worldly thoughts and practices without going through a lengthy process. We are unable to justify or rationalize ungodliness when we proclaim that we are Children of God.
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17
Loving God gives us the desire for holiness. When we desire a clean heart, we will refuse to accept worldly standards. Living for God causes us to shine as beacons of light that distinguish and separate us from unbelievers. We must help others, everyone who is going through a financial struggle where they do not have the bare necessities. God’s Word stands firm and is still applicable in 2020, there can be no misunderstanding that the Bible is still the one and only guide for our current lifestyles and choices.
Make the change today: Love God and Love Others by giving your best!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020