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Galatians 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
“They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.” This verse comes from a discussion among the Apostles during the years of 49-55 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible). The subject of “remembering the poor,” is not referring to a government program to be aimed at poverty. Instead, the verse relates to benevolence that comes from churches. There was a famine that was taking place at the time of the verse’s writing. A collection for those in need is found in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4.
It was during a conversation that I was having with a friend, that the subject of the prophet Jeremiah led to my comments that follow. Please consider the needs of people whom are poor, barely getting by, or sleeping on park benches. Consider how you may be able to support Hospice locations with snack items for friends and family members of patients; patients whom are spending their last days of life in those loving and compassionate facilities. Consider the “working poor.” Consider those whom are residents of nursing homes, are hospitalized, or may be confined to a prison, jail, or detention center. Consider those whom are grieving the death of a loved one, or of a close friend. Consider how God may be leading you in the direction of a ministry, or in a change of ministry, like that which happened to me through Jeremiah 18:1-6.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Potter and the Clay
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the [a]wheel. 4 And the vessel that he [b]made of clay was [c]marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
It was on April 30, 2014 at 8:50 P.M. that I wrote the following:
I was, “on the road,” working. After I checked into a motel one day, I laid my Bible down on my motel room bed. Then, I looked and saw that the Bible had opened itself to Jeremiah 18. Then, I read the first six verses and asked God, “are you changing me?” The answer was yes! From that point in time forward, I began a dedicated ministry of sharing the love of Christ with homeless people, prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, homosexuals, “the working poor,” and whomever else may have “slipped through the cracks” of society. Through this ministry, God has blessed me beyond measure. I give Him all of the honor and glory. I thank you for allowing me to share with you, this short story of God’s intervention in my life. Without God, I am nothing! Please check out the articles in my blog. May Christ, our Lord and Savior, richly bless you.
The following link tells of a Christian organization that is actively engaged in providing support to the needy people of the Appalachian region of the USA.