Fruitful Living is committed to serving the community in the spirit of God's love for all.
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). This means that we should care for those who are less fortunate than us. The Bible is full of examples of how we should care for the poor and needy.
One of the most well-known examples is the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). In this story, a man is robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. Two religious leaders pass by and do nothing to help him, but a Samaritan (who would have been seen as an outsider by the religious leaders) stops to help him. He bandages the man's wounds, takes him to an inn, and pays for his care.
This story shows us that we should help those in need, regardless of who they are or where they come from. We should be willing to give of our time, resources, and money to help those who are less fortunate than us.
Another example of caring for the less fortunate is found in James 2:14-17. James asks, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?" He goes on to say that faith without action is dead. In other words, if we say we believe in God but don't do anything to help those in need, our faith is meaningless.
So, what can we do to care for the less fortunate? There are many ways we can help. We can volunteer at a local food bank or homeless shelter. We can donate money to organizations that help those in need. We can also be kind and compassionate to those we meet, offering a listening ear or a helping hand.
Caring for the less fortunate is an important part of our Christian faith. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and to care for those in need. Let us be willing to give of ourselves to help those who are less fortunate than us, following the example of the Good Samaritan and putting our faith into action.
Matthew 25: 34-40 - The Message Bible
34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’