Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, 22 February 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Remembering The Poor
"They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do." Galatians 2:10 NKJV
Here's what Paul said: "And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do."
It's noteworthy that the only request, wish, instruction, advice, or whatever you call it, that James, Peter and John, the most senior elders of the church then, gave to Paul when he met with them was that he should remember the poor. That was all! I can imagine the kind of advice older and senior pastors and leaders of churches and ministries give to the younger ministers today; they tell them every other thing except this.
We've got to understand what true Christianity is really about: it's about love. James put it this way: he said that faith without works is dead. And John said, "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." You and I, as individuals, ministers and ministries, must have a deliberate plan and programme for reaching out to the poor and needy among and around us.