10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
In Galatians 2:1–9, Paul reported to the Galatians that the other apostles who walked with Jesus when He was on earth, approved him as an apostle and the message he preached of salvation through God’s grace and not through following the law.
In verse 10, Paul adds that Peter, James, and John asked him to do one extra thing in his ministry to the Gentiles, namely to continue to remember the poor, which is what Paul was also eager to do.
We should also be eager to continue to remember the poor, even now as circumstances are difficult in the world. It should be as important as sharing the good news, attending church meetings and other things that the Lord asked us to do. For when we take care of the poor we are practicing righteousness (Matthew 6:1-4) and those who do so will also inherit the kingdom of God (Matthew 25:34-40). What we receive from God, is also to be shared with those who don’t have because of God’s love in us (1 John 3:17-18), and this love should be the motivating factor of all the good things we do for God’s glory. Let’s be eager to remember the poor, not occasionally but continuously.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Invite the Holy Spirit to be present with you in this moment. And then, wait. Allow God’s peace to draw near.