“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:9-10)
It is a reality of life that “the poor” have always been with us, and as a result of our human nature, continue to be so. It is why God, almost from the very start, instructed us to care for those who have found themselves in poverty. It was expected that God’s people would leave some of the harvest for those who were poor, so that they could survive and have some of their hardships relieved.
God’s concern for people in poverty is found all throughout scripture – in fact the poor are mentioned more than 400 times. This is why we care for them and why we strive to alleviate conditions that lead to poverty. God’s concern for the poor has not ended, so neither has our responsibility to care and do something about poverty.
Now most of us don’t grow crops today, but the principle still holds, as God’s commands for how we are to care for the needy and vulnerable still remain. We encourage you to make use of the resources in this section, to educate yourself about poverty and to challenge yourself about what you can do today for God’s Kingdom in this area.
“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” (1 John 3:17)