God’s grace and mercy extend to all through Christ.
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“For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.”
Psalm 9:18 English Standard Version
The words, “He’s so needy!” come quickly off our lips. We call these folks extra-grace-required people (EGRs). They are the people that we tend to avoid. We’re ready to give them food, money, and clothes but not our time. And God forbid that we’d have any personal contact with them.
God doesn’t avoid the EGRs.
We Christians need to grasp that God uses us to reach those who are poor and needy. It’s not the primary role of our government but it is our primary obligation. We are the hands, feet, eyes, and ears of hope for those who are needy and poor.
At some level all of us are needy. Sin is the culprit. We might not live on the streets or sleep in a shelter but we are needy. It is a part of our human condition that we share with everyone. It is because of this human condition that Jesus took on our flesh and blood and was fastened to a tree in death. Every human creature is an EGR person. And in his super abundance of grace God reaches out to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
And he reaches out to us with this grace through other Christians. There is hope for needy.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner