How To Help The Poor

One way to help the poor is to roll up your sleeves and help them one by one.

Cook them meals.

Build them houses.

Spend time with them.

Another way to help the poor is to create enough wealth that instead of merely helping a few people, you can help many.

The TV show “Secret Millionaire” illustrates the power of this beautifully. While the “undercover millionaires” dress casually and dole out food or do other volunteer work, and we see that this is admirable…

…we also see that the impact of donating their wealth has far-reaching effects to help many people, instead of only a few.

Not everyone is called to be an entrepreneur. Some are called to work with individuals. Both callings are important.

The key for those of us called to, and gifted with, the building of wealth is to remember wealth’s purpose… to serve the Kingdom of God.

If we have settled in our heart the fact that money is not our God, but is in fact to be used to serve Him, we have true wealth.

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  • Henry Griner

    Thanks for this post Ray. It is interesting to see more and more of the wealthy of the world who are doing the work of feeding and helping the poor. Money is a means to multiply our ability to fulfill our desire to help others. As Christians we should want to gain wealth so that we can do good with it and not just to use it on ourselves only.

    “If we have settled in our heart the fact that money is not our God, but is in fact to be used to serve Him, we have true wealth.” This is a critical point for us to reach and remember.

    Keep these posts coming. God Bless you lots!


    • Ray Edwards

      Thanks for the encouragement and illumination, Henry!

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  • Ray Edwards

    I think you’re on the right track, here, Antone. So often our wants are merely whims – and there are much more satisfying ways to achieve fulfillment.

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  • Robert Prieto

    You know, there’s an old saying that goes something like this… “Money is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.” I know that Thornton Wilder is credited with saying it first, but I believe that line, or one similar to it was used in Hello Dolly.

    That being said, I agree with the notion that all the money in the world would make me happy unless I were doing something useful with it that would help others. IMHO, those who seek money for money’s sake are the saddest people of all. They will never find happiness or fulfillment when they reach their goal of wealth because there is no substantial reason for the goal in the first place. Their foundation is built on sand.

    • Ray Edwards

      Delightful, Robert! Thanks for sharing.