Help yourself so you can help the poor
1 Timothy 5:8 reads:
8If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
When I was growing up, we didn’t always have what we needed. There were times we had to visit a church to ask for food in order to make it through the month. A large factor in this situation is living with debt. Other factors included a broken home, no emergency fund, spending more than we earned and lack of satisfaction.
Unfortunately, we made poor decisions which required assistance from others. Not only could we not help others, we were taking resources from others who needed it most. If we had taken care of our family first, we would have had the resources to help the poor. We would have had additional resources to give of our time and our money.
Be careful how your life is prioritized. Trust in God with your first fruits. Take care of your immediate family and relatives. You will soon see that you will have more than you will ever need during your short stay on this earth. You will also have the resources to continue building God’s kingdom. After all, it is much better to store up treasures in heaven, where moths and rust will not destroy it as is written in Matthew 6:20:
20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
After reading this article and the article mentioned above, do you have any other ideas on how to best help the poor?