What Can I Do To Fight Poverty?
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. Matthew 10:42
Believe it or not, most people in the world live one meal away from hunger. Each day, they buy food with the money they earned that day. If they can’t get daily work, their families simply go hungry. According to the United Nations, 25,000 people die of starvation each day, including 10,000 children. Poverty is often deadly.
Even if you have regular work, you too may face painful crises. When you’re hungry, everyone else’s hunger is of secondary importance. But a follower of Jesus never responds to hunger with, “that’s not my problem.” None of us can change everything, but all of us can change something.
If you have very little, think small. Do you have two slices of bread? Find someone who has none and share one. If you have no resources, find information that leads a friend to food and additional help. When you are suffering in poverty, no help is too small. Jesus told us that even a cup of clean water is worth giving (Matthew 10:42)!
We glorify Jesus when we think more about how much we can give instead of how much we can keep. Just as a poor woman can share one piece of bread, not a day should go by that we don’t share the riches we are blessed with, with someone who has less. Each small, seemingly mundane act of care for someone else does make a difference and is obedience to Jesus. Who can you share with today?
Resource reading: Matthew 10:37-42