how poor are you really?

More than 1 billion people live in absolute poverty. This includes 700 million people living in slums, 500 million people on the verge of starvation, 93 million beggars, and 200 million children exploited for labor.

1.2 billion of the world’s poorest populations must survive on $1 a day.

It’s not about us remember. Lord, what can I do?

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Have I closed my ear to the poor?

Why are we not more upset about the injustices perpetrated against the poor in our world?

Let me make that question a little less comfortable; why am I not upset about the injustices perpetrated against the poor in our world?

It seems to me that God is not too happy with people mistreating others just because they can’t defend themselves. God doesn’t let us off that easy. He tells us in Proverbs 21:13

‘Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.’

When we silently stand aside and watch the defenseless abused, God is not likely to defend us. Consider that God sent His son, Jesus, as a Savior to those that could not help themselves. That same Jesus asked us to follow Him and His example, yet we do little to care for those that have nothing.

Is anybody else worried that one day God is going to say to us, ‘Yes, you were good to study my Word and spend time with the brethren, but what were you doing to care for the weak and needy? Why didn’t you clothe the naked and feed the hungry? Why did you do nothing?’ I hope God doesn’t tell me that He can’t see the face of His Son in me, because I was too self-centered to look out for the needs of others!

Please, don’t begin to immediately come up with reasons to get out of your responsibility before God!

Please, don’t beat your breast and say, ‘Yes, I need to do better!’ then walk away and do nothing!

Please, look for opportunities to make a difference, and show the world that you are a child of God, and that means that you will not tolerate abuse and neglect of the helpless!