Judas and the poor
Pittsburgh, Pa. Judas dined shamelessly with Jesus and the disciples
the night he would betray them. Jesus, knowing Judas intentions,
said, "What you are about to do, do quickly" (John 13:27, NIV).
Judas hastily departed. The other disciples assumed Jesus had merely
instructed Judas, the treasurer, to go and give an offering to the poor.
(See John 13:29.)
Presumably the disciples came to that conclusion because day after
day they witnessed Jesus directing Judas to give money to people in
need. Jesus practiced what He preached.
If Jesus did not offer help to the hungry, how could He speak with
credibility to His disciples? In Luke 14:13,14, He says, "When you give
a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you
will be blessed."
Some believers today contend the church should focus its attention
on "spiritual things" and rely on the government and nonreligious groups
to feed the hungry. But thats not what Jesus taught. He demonstrated
His concern for the physical and spiritual needs of men, women and children.
He didnt weep and walk away. He acted. He reached out and met
their need and showed them the way to eternal life.
Jesus understood that a small offering from the treasury would only
provide a meal or two. But He gave anyway, because He knew the difference
one meal and a gentle word could make in the life of someone who was
He also recognized that giving to the poor tenderizes the heart of
the giver. It guards our hearts from becoming proud, ungrateful and
self-centered. Giving keeps our eyes on reaching people rather than
attaining personal glory.
This Thanksgiving let me encourage you to follow Jesus example
by giving a meal to someone who is hungry. Because you gave, someday
you might have the privilege of dining with him or her at the Marriage
Supper of the Lamb.
here to give to the Assemblies of God World Hunger Day Fund