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Leave Something For The Poor

Leviticus 19:1-10
Pastor JB

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Hi GAMErs,

Leviticus 19:9-10 (NIV)
9 "'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.

In Leviticus 19:9, God commands His people not to reap to the very edges of their fields or go through their fields a second time to pick up any left over crops they may have missed.  Why?  Is it because God is promoting waste or laziness?  No.  It's because Your Heavenly Father has a heart for the poor.  He wants us His children to share that heart as well.  It's as if God is saying, "Work hard. Provide for your family.  But don't forget to leave some for the poor as well."

Question: is there margin in your life for the poor and those less fortunate?  Or do you use your time, your money and your talents "to the very edges" on yourself such that there is nothing left over for others in need? 

We all have a group of people that we're focused on serving, but let's remember to leave some for those who may not fall within that group and who may not be our main focus.  That's what Jesus did.  His main target group was "the lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew 15:24), but he still left something for those who didn't fall within his main target group, like the Canaanite woman whose daughter was desperate for healing (see Matthew 15:21-28).  He didn't sacrifice his main target group to serve the non-target people, but he served the non-target people "along the way".

Is there someone who is not in your "target group" that God wants you to leave a little something for today?

Let's not get so focused on serving particular group of people that we miss other opportunities to be a blessing and in so doing miss the heart of God.  It's good to have a focus and a target, but let's remember to leave at least a little bit for those who may not be our focus and target.  That's the heart of your Heavenly Father.

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