Welcome to the last blog post in our series “What the Bible says about Poverty.” We’ve journeyed through several passages, some easy and some more challenging, but today I want to leave you with some words of encouragement.
(9) So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. (10) Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10
Poverty is a very complex issue, yet our politics tend to oversimplify the root cause on one of two extreme ends of the spectrum: personal responsibility or unjust systems. The reality is, it’s often both as well as the consequences of adversity like disease
s or natural disasters.
As there is no easy explanation of cause, there is also no simple solution. This is why working with someone experiencing material poverty can be so messy, exhausting, humbling and overwhelming, but it’s also mandated. People are broken. At some point when we work with someone in poverty, they may let us down and make mistakes, but so will we! Be encouraged, keep God in the middle, and keep working for the good of others.
Let‘s allow God’s word stir us to keep working our way through this complexity to help someone else, to think beyond just ourselves. Let’s care because God cares about the vulnerable and commands us to seek justice for those suffering and in poverty. In verse 10 we are told to care even more for those who belong to the same household of faith. We are each part of a biological family, and those ties run deep, but we also live among our adopted brothers and sisters in Christ, who we are all called to love and care for.
In a culture of individualism and independence, it’s sometimes hard to feel like family with other Christians. Our current society looks quite different than the community of believers described in Acts 4:41-47, where believers were singing praises to God and breaking bread together, but let’s use it as an example and strive to have this type of love for our fellow believers.