The Link Between Your Compassion & Your Deliverance
Are you willing to give what you need to receive? We all need healing, deliverance, provision, etc. Did you know that there is a direct link between the amount of compassion you show to others, especially the poor and God’s answer to your needs? Psalm 41 is one of the examples of that principle, but there are others as well. Do you remember the story of the rich man and Lazarus? Most of us know about the Lazarus that was raised from the dead but what about the Lazarus that was ignored and died? This is an interesting story. We are not told anything about the character or habits of the rich man in this story. Yet, he ended up in hell. And, the only reason we are given that he ended up there was because of his neglect to assist the poor man that lived very close to his home. We know that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), so the rich man’s love of money probably caused other disobedience in his life, but this story is still sobering!
What is the Lord specifically saying to us through this parable? Isn’t it interesting how the destiny of the rich man was linked to his ministry to the poor man? (Proverbs 14:21) Notice that God’s blessing to you is directly tied to how kind you are to those who are needy! There’s another in Proverbs 21:13. Here you see the direct correlation between our deliverance and our ministry to the poor. It is very difficult to read the Bible and not see how seriously God takes the ministry to the poor. If you believe that God’s covenant is that all of us should be rich here on the earth then that belief will affect what you do with your money. It will be okay for you to indulge yourself because it is God’s will for you to live like a king, even though that’s not the case! Please, before you buy into that read carefully the scriptures that link your compassion to the poor and your own deliverance. Don’t be deceived about what you are to do with your money!
1 Timothy 6 does not tell the rich to give away all they have. It does not tell them that they cannot enjoy the simple pleasures of life laid out in the book of Ecclesiastes. But, it does tell the rich that what they give is being added up in heaven toward future rewards and provision and that the world to come (heaven) is the place where real life is truly experienced. While it is not scripturally supported that someone who is rich must give away all they have, it is scripturally supported that it would be better to give it all away than to serve it and be in bondage to it! In the story we know of as the rich, young ruler, Jesus detects that the man has a love for his money that supersedes his love for God. So, Jesus tells him to give it all away. In doing so, he will accumulate treasures in heaven and will be free of the love of money. When he refuses, Jesus says this:
Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:23-24
We know that the disciples understood what Jesus was saying because of their response: Who then can be saved? So, the use of the rich man’s money was directly tied to his eternal destiny because it owned his heart instead of Jesus. Jesus replied: With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Verse 26). God must rule our possessions or He doesn’t rule us! Salvation and the presence and power of God cannot be purchased with money. You don’t have to be poor financially to enter the kingdom of heaven. But, there is a direct tie between rewards, destiny, and deliverance for you and whether or not you use your money to help the poor.
As a church, we want to offer direct aid and deliverance to the poor! Socialism or taking from the rich to give to the poor by force is not of God. Instead, God wants to have such a heart within those who have so that they will gladly use what they have been given to minister to the poor and help those who need it. You better have a direct plan to do this or it will go by the wayside.
- Psalm 41:1-3 (NKJV)
- Luke 16:19-31 (NKJV)
- 1 Timothy 6:10
- Proverbs 14:21
- Proverbs 21:13
- 1 Timothy 6:17-19
- Matthew 19:23-24, 26
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