The first great question of the Bible is found in Adam’s son, Cain’s, response to the Lord in Genesis 4:9, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” It’s a response of Cain’s conscience for his conduct towards his brother. The text is often used to reinforce the truth that we have duties to perform on behalf of the less fortunate who need assistance with food and clothing, shelter and medical attention.
The fact is, we are Scripturally responsible for the physical welfare of our neighbor whether he lives close by or far away. Jesus set the example for us to follow more than 2,000 years ago.
In Matthew 25:42-43 He says, “I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.”
Jesus is saying to His audience (and to you and me)…those who do not minister to the hungry, the thirsty, the poor, the sick, those in prison…will go into everlasting punishment. If Jesus is prepared to put us in hell for all of eternity for neglecting our brother…I would say that’s a top priority.
Why do we feed and clothe the poor? Because we are commanded by Jesus Christ to do so. We are thankful for the blessings, the food and the clothes that we have to share with those around us. And we are blessed to be a blessing, because of our obedience.
Let us give as unto the Lord, with joy in our hearts, with excellence. God will not hold us guiltless if we do not do something to positively impact our brother or sister, to fill the need that they have…when we have plenty of resources. You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to give, and in fact statistics will show that those who give the most have the least (as far as earthly possessions are concerned). So, don’t wait until you’re a millionaire to help someone out!
We are currently building the Sanctuary of Hope so that we can feed and clothe, educate and financially support young mothers and their babies. These women are coming from very difficult situations, and they desperately need to be helped financially, spiritually, really on every level. It is our duty and our great privilege to reach out and do what Jesus would do…HELP! If you’d like to find out more about Sanctuary of Hope, please log onto sohcares.org.
Matthew 25:40 tells us, “…Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Everything I do as a pastor is because there is a Bible mandate to do so. And I am beyond thrilled to be working on this Sanctuary of Hope project to help these young women, so that we can start pouring positive things into these children. As I have said many times before, children are 100% of our future.
If you want to change the future, you need to start praying for, blessing and helping the children that you see around you. A child in need doesn’t have to be yours in order for you to reach out a loving, caring, giving hand. All you need to do is be willing, and God will do the rest.
Another great question of the Bible, and the most important, comes from Mark 8:36, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
When God asks a question, He is not looking for information. He already knows the answer. He’s looking to see if you will turn to Him for the solution. Have you dedicated your life to Christ? Are you seeking Him first, above all others? Or are you still taking advice from the ladies in your bridge club, or the men at the gym you work out at?
In this generation of moral madness where human life is so undervalued and first responders are targeted for assassination, God’s question to us is, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” God is telling us to come out from the masses and be separate. Be salt and light. Share the light and love of Jesus. Stop going along to get along. Be the difference that IS Jesus Christ. Love your neighbor as yourself. Help him. And then introduce him to the plan of salvation that will forever change him from the inside out.
This is no time to sit back and wait, friends. It is time to fight the good fight of faith. War has been waged in the streets, but the great news for us is that the victory is already ours.
If you, or someone you know, has questions about your salvation. If you would like to say the sinner’s prayer, I want you to call one of our prayer warriors at 210-491-5100. I have a lot of questions that I want to ask Jesus when I see Him face to face, but don’t let the question of your eternal destination be the one you wait to ask. Call today if there is a doubt in your mind, because none of us is promised tomorrow.