Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Poor People (Part 17)
The Lord answered: 'Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.'
Luke 12:42-28 (NIV)*
Imagine throwing a drowning man an inflatable life preserver. He's got to pull the string and fill it with air in order to save his life. He doesn't understand when some people in the boat yell, 'Pull on the string!' Similarly, the Words of Christ are foolishness to those with stopped-up ears.
If Jesus said to love poor people and outsiders don't, should we judge them? Until their ears are opened to God's call, outsiders don't know Who we know.
'The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand such knowledge' (Proverbs 29:7). But what if insiders ignore the poor? What if we don't dive in to the rescue?
Consider The Parable of the Faithful and Evil Servant. In it, we're judged by how we treat people God places beneath us. Do we distribute His abundance in a tired and hungry world? Or do we pretend not to see them and beat our fellow servants?
We might say, 'I've never beat anyone.' But what do we call earth's games of profit? The ones where we compete for top dollars. In careers based on buying and selling, deceiving poor consumers is common. Of course, we don't use words like deception. It's advertising, so buyers beware.
Poor people may be ignorant of cons, but that's not a crime in the Book of God. Ignoring our job to care for them is.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant: (NIV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A35-48&version=NIV; (NKJV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A35-48&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.