Greetings! We know that life can get going and take us on an express ride. I have been involved in a social justice movement today, The Poor People's Campaign, here in Albany and since it is Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday, my work has been intensive. Dr. King started this movement in 1968, just prior to being assassinated, and it is amazing to recognize that the same issues are plaguing our world today ... systemic racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation.
I am reminded of the scripture in Deuteronomy 15:7-8 NLT that says "If there are any poor ... in your towns ... do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them ... be generous and lend them whatever they need." If we are to walk in the calling of God to help those who are poor in heart, poor in mind, poor in spirit, poor in relationships, poor nutritionally, we are called to "lend them whatever they need." Being called sets us apart as the chosen people of God for we are all gifted with meeting the needs of others.
On this WINS-day, I hope that you remember the promises of God and to stand on those promises as you allow Him to use your heart and your gifts to bless His people. The Deuteronomy scripture also says that we will "lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow." (v. 6) We are going to face times when our lending may feel unappreciated, unsupported or unworthy of the ones to which we are called to "lend." Some have hearts of stones, some hearts of thorns, and some hearts of unforgiveness ... but these are the poor that this scripture calls us to "not be hard-hearted or tightfisted towards."
To be the WINNERS that you are called to be, remember that to give generously to the poor, we must know that God will bless us in everything that we do! (v. 10) So, GO!, and have a smile on your face and in your heart as you lend and never borrow, as you are the head and not the tail! To God be the glory!!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed