...remember the poor...
As the holiday season approaches, our hearts naturally tend to turn toward those who are less fortunate than ourselves, but a repeated theme in Scripture is the importance of remembering and helping the poor...not just once a year...but throughout it, because the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11).
There are will always be those around us who need our help. The poor...especially "them who are of the household of faith" (those within the body of Christ) (Galatians 6:10)...require our love, prayers, and material assistance.
As our example, much of Jesus' ministry was to the poor and the disadvantaged...those that no one else seemed to care about...and He had harsh words for those who clung tightly to worldly possessions and ignored the poor.
As part of the body of Christ, one of our top priorities should be to remember the poor and cultivate hearts sensitive to the material needs of those around us, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, because what we do, or don't do, unto the least of these, we've done, or not done, unto Him (Matthew 25:31-46).
"To him therefore who knoweth to do good and doth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).
(This 'Five Minute Friday' post is inspired by The Gypsy Mama. Please visit her site today!)