James 2:15-16 ” Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; Keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? “

Most people are willing to give to a Charity or worthy cause…but just don’t ask them to engage personally. That’s because for most of us, we don’t want to get involved. Now if we came upon a person described in these verses…stripped naked and starving, we’d all agree we’d do something immediately…but why does it take an extreme situation to force us into getting involved? I John 3:17 asks the probing question of us, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” Or to take it a step farther, in Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus tells the faithful that whatever they did for the least of their brothers they were in actuality doing for Him. Yes, seeing a need and filling it may involve us getting out of our comfort zone and interacting with someone very unlike us…it may take our time, talents, and money as we not only share ourselves with that person, but step into the mess around them…but as the Scripture in Matthew starkly reveals, we need to view it as helping Jesus Himself.

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