Read: Matthew 25:31-40
The righteous considers the cause of the poor. — Proverbs 29:7 NKJV
The year was 1780, and Robert Raikes had a burden for the poor, illiterate children in his London neighborhood. He noticed that nothing was being done to help these children, so he set out to make a difference.
He hired some women to set up schools for them on Sunday. Using the Bible as their textbook, the teachers taught the poorest children of London to read and introduced them to the wisdom of the Bible. Soon about 100 children were attending these classes and enjoying lunch in a safe, clean environment. These “Sunday schools,” as they were soon called, eventually touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls. By 1831, Sunday schools in Great Britain reached more than a million children – all because one man understood this truth: “The righteous considers the cause of the poor” (PROV. 29:7 NKJV).
It’s no secret that Jesus cares greatly for those who struggle. In Matthew 25, He suggests that followers of Christ show a readiness for the Lord’s return by helping the hungry to get food, helping the thirsty to get a drink, helping the homeless to find a home, helping the naked to get clothes, and helping the sick or imprisoned to receive comfort (VV. 35-36).
As we bear witness that Jesus Christ is in our hearts, we honor our compassionate Savior by considering those on God’s heart. — Dave Branon
Awaken my heart, Lord, to those
You care about, including the poor and helpless,
the hungry and homeless, the troubled
and hopeless in our world.
Open your heart to God to learn compassion, and open your hand to give help.
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