One day a wealthy miser was headed home in his limousine when he noticed two men beside the road eating grass. Intrigued, he asked his chauffeur to stop the vehicle, and then got out to investigate. "Why are you eating grass?” he asked. "We have no money for food," one man replied. "But grass is free." "Tell you what”, the rich man said, “I’ll give you a free ride to my house, and you can have more to eat than you ever dreamed!”
All three entered the limousine, and before long they pulled in front of a huge mansion surrounded by 25 luscious, sprawling acres. The eyes of the poor men lit up, and one exclaimed, “Thank you for bringing us to your incredible estate. How can we ever repay you?”
“Simple”, the rich miser responded. “Eat everything in sight! Our lawn service is on strike, and the grass is nearly a foot high."
********** On a more serious note… **********
Assisting those in need is emphasized throughout the Scriptures.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,’ When you have it with you” (Proverbs 3:27-28).
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14-17).
“…whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18).
Although we may not be able to feed, clothe or otherwise assist a multitude, many of us can assist the occasional impoverished individual that we encounter. Although unscrupulous people may try to take advantage of our compassion, God will judge them in the end. Regardless, many people are in genuine need, including, at times, our own brethren. When you hear about or encounter such people, do whatever you can to help….in the name of Jesus Christ.
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