Bible Society of South Africa

At work with God – Day 10

Accept your social responsibility.

Bible text(s)

16Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.

Hebrews 13:16GNBOpen in Bible reader

19“When you gather your crops and fail to bring in some of the corn that you have cut, do not go back for it; it is to be left for the foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do. 20When you have picked your olives once, do not go back and get those that are left; they are for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. 21When you have gathered your grapes once, do not go back over the vines a second time; the grapes that are left are for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. 22Never forget that you were slaves in Egypt; that is why I have given you this command.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22GNBOpen in Bible reader

34Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. 35I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’

37“The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ 40The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me!’

Matthew 25:34-40GNBOpen in Bible reader

27What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.

James 1:27GNBOpen in Bible reader

17When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back.

Proverbs 19:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

13If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will not be heard.

Proverbs 21:13GNBOpen in Bible reader

16This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives for our brothers and sisters! 17Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God.

1 John 3:16-17GNBOpen in Bible reader

The pursuit of wealth and prosperity should not be our most important goals. According to the Bible, God blesses us so that we can take care of those who are unable to care for themselves.

God has placed the poor, the sick, the orphans, the widows and the foreigners under our care. He will judge our faith according to how we treat them. Social responsibility is more than a public relations exercise. It should be a reflection of a true and honest service to God.

Bible Society of South Africav.4.20.14
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