Charities and giving to the poor have always been a part of our society. It has grown out of the biblical ethic which says it’s good to be generous and bad to be selfish. Unfortunately, generosity has dwindled, and selfishness has grown.

Yet, we still have the poor.

And those who call themselves “ChristianA man gives a Bible and watering can to a refugee” are still required by God to give to the poor. We are not to submit to the spirit of the age. We are Christians and that should be more than a religious designation.

There are two kinds of poverty. You can poor materially, or you can be poor spiritually. We are asking you to give for the spiritually poor so that they may know the riches of Christ.

In Proverbs 22:9 we are told: “He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.”

You will be blessed when your giving brings people out of spiritual poverty into the riches of Christ.

(Taken from Godly Motives For Giving by Cal Bombay [out of print]).