Verse 9: “Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
Of all of our spiritual depth and maturity, the work mentioned in today’s “gold nugget” demonstrates true religion. “Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” True religion as also mentioned in James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” It is important to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. It shows the compassion we have for God and our desire to please Him. Many Christians feel that avoiding doing certain things is what makes a good Christian. We need to be reminded that it isn’t as much what we don’t do that defines us as Christians as much as what we actually do that defines us.
I like how this “gold nugget” doesn’t just tell us to feed, clothe and shelter the poor. It says, “Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” That is to say, it isn’t just the things we do to meet their natural needs, but to take a sincere interest in their mental and spiritual needs. When we get the right attitude about meeting spiritual needs, we will find that we are meeting the needs of more than just the poor. Again the verse says, “plead the cause of the poor and needy”. Some people that are in need may be financially established. We are called to minister to the “needs” of everyone. That may be financial or spiritual. Let’s open our minds today and take on the proper perspective towards religion and supplying needs to those who lack.
Lord, thank you for opening our minds to be complete ministers that meet the needs of those around us in whatever way they present themselves. Amen
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