This week we’ll be thinking about how we are with our material possessions, and considering two examples from the Bible. How will it affect our final, eternal destination?
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Luke 6:38 (NRSV)
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Additional scripture for this week
Call To Worship: Zechariah 7:8-10, Luke 14:14 (NIV), 1 John 3:17-18, (NRSV)
One: And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.
All: Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
One: Then Jesus said to his host . . . When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.
All: Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
One: How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
All: Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
Being Kind to the Poor
One: Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. — Proverbs 31:8-9
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life. — Proverbs 22:22-23
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—when you already have it with you. Proverbs 3:27-28
All: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. — Proverbs 11:25
It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. — Proverbs 14:21
All: Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. — Proverbs 14:31
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.— Proverbs 19:17
All: The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. — Proverbs 22:9
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. — Proverbs 28:27
Looking at his disciples, [Jesus] said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” — Luke 6:20-21
Luke 16:19-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24 He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27 He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30 He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”