Compassion for the Needy
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.”
– Leviticus 19:9 NASB
God made it clear that He wanted the Israelites to have compassion. Their highest motivation was not to be profit or personal gain, but rather, love. As an embodiment of this principle, God commanded, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (v. 18). Jesus said this was second in importance only to the command to “love the Lord your God with all our heart, soul, and mind” (Matthew 22:36-38).
The Israelites had an opportunity to demonstrate this compassion during harvest time. If they were motivated by selfishness, they would harvest every bit of their crop, without exception. But God commanded them to show concern for others…even while harvesting. They intentionally were not to reap a part of their field. Why? Because God wanted them to be concerned with those who were less fortunate—the needy and the stranger.
God was interested in creating a nation of people who cared about others and took care of everyone. He was creating a lifestyle that acknowledged needs in the community and encouraged people to help meet those needs.
These same principles are true today. Souls all around you are lost, dying in sin. Others suffer with physical, financial, and spiritual needs. God has given you resources to help meet their needs. Ask Him to give you a heart of compassion and fill you with His Spirit so you will overflow with love.
As He blesses you, be a person who generously gives—who shares from your resources to help the poor and needy, to spread the Gospel and to change lives.
Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, help me to be filled with Your love for others. Give me a burden for Souls. I dedicate my time, talent, and treasure to You. I seek first Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further Reading: Leviticus 19
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