June 11 – Blessed to Share with Neighbors and the Poor

Jesus says that whenever we feed those who are hungry it is as if we are feeding Him. When we are hungry and someone gives us some of their food then blessings flow.  When we see someone who is hungry and we share with them, we both are blessed. The early church shared their meals with each other and the Book of Proverbs indicates that this is a good way to live life. Proverbs 14:21 encourages us to ask and identify, “Who is my neighbor?”  It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.  Another way to say it is, “A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.”  Want to be blessed?  Share.

This simple concept can become a joyful way of life and all it takes is a little awareness of the needs of those around us in our local community and the needs of people all over the world.  That is step one.  Step two is to intentionally practice generosity.  By trusting in the Lord, listening and obeying what He says, we are better equipped to know how and what to give. This life-style pattern can help us remain focused on the One who blesses us with the desire, the ability, and the means by which we can share.

Proverbs 14:21 NLT; Proverbs 22:9 HCSB