For the second half of my childhood, my family’s economic situation changed for the worse. For a while, we had to move out of our home and into a trailer that a lady at church owned. Instead of getting to go to the store for new clothes, I got to go through bags of hand-me-downs. We went to the store’s clearance section for canned goods that were missing labels. Mom would make what she called “supper surprise” because no one knew what we were going to eat until we opened the can. Through the years, we never went without though. People brought us groceries, furniture and cars when we needed them. God always provided.
I often think of Matthew 25:34-40 when I think of that period in my life. Jesus was talking about Heaven and He told the righteous people that they were welcome in because when He was hungry, they fed Him. When He was thirsty, they gave Him something to drink. When He was naked, they clothed Him. They didn’t understand that when they helped someone in need, they were doing to Him. I often pray that God would continue to open the windows of Heaven and bless the people who helped us during that period. Whether they knew it or not, they were giving to the Lord.
Proverbs 19:17 puts it this way, “Every time you give to the poor you make a loan to the Lord. Don’t worry—you’ll be repaid in full for all the good you’ve done” (TPT). Whether God repays you in this life or the next, He will bless you for giving to those who need your help. Part of being a Christian is having a heart full of compassion on the least of these. We often make excuses why we can’t give to people in need or we look away, but the truth is you’re not giving to that person or family. You’re doing it to the Lord. He repays us for caring for the poor, the underprivileged, the homeless and the prisoner. He didn’t ask if we thought it was their fault or not they were in that situation. He simply said, “When you’ve done it to the least of these, you’ve done it unto me.”