9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest 10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God.
— LEVITICUS 19 IN FOCUS
All our actions and reactions affect other people, directly or indirectly! Whatever we do, we do because we think we have a purpose! But how justifiable are our daily actions before God? How do we factor others in all that we do, especially those who don’t have the authority we have, and the financial strength to do certain basic things in life? God expects His children to live in peace! Apostle Paul wrote, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!‘ God expects they that have to remember they that lack. God expects us to show mercy to the needy and strangers and not just people we know or people we expect to get a good returns from!
And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God.
It is not all that easy to do this for even the remains of our ‘vineyards’ also count as a very good part of our profit, but that is what God expects us to do!
Don’t forget the good heart of the Samaritan towards the stranger in Luke 10 and remember the rich young man and Jesus Christ
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18“Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’c and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’d ” 20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Are you an employer ? Remember God said, ‘13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.’
What thought do you have about your neighbor? Remember, 17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.’
Let us not forget that there are some people who need us! Let us remember that the remains from our fields can fill the cup of some body! We must keep in mind that it may not take a big thing to put a small smile on the face of somebody! ‘And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger’. Remember you can be the reason for the joy of somebody! When God blesses you, use it for His work! When God blesses you care for others! When Jesus Christ sent His disciples, He said to them, ‘11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.’ — Matthew 10. Remember Zacchaeus ! ” Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Luke 19.
Mind your actions; it will affect somebody! Mind your words; it may affect somebody! Mind your steps; you may be stepping on somebody! What are you doing? Let God be the reason! What are you doing? Let Christ be a factor! God said, ‘ 37 Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the Lord.’
We all, all of us, have a duty to perform! A duty not as to our earthly masters, but our heavenly Father! A duty which must be pleasant sacrifice unto our Father! A duty to rescue and uplift others! Solemn duty!
Jesus Christ said,
2 “So when you [a]give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3 But when you [b]give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your [c]giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Who smiles because of you?
Charles Wesley , ( 1742.)
God of all power, and truth, and grace,
Which shall from age to age endure,
Whose Word, when Heaven and earth shall pass,
Remains and stands for ever sure;
That I Thy mercy may proclaim,
That all mankind Thy truth may see,
Hallow Thy great and glorious Name,
And perfect holiness in me.
Thy sanctifying Spirit pour,
To quench my thirst, and make me clean;
Now, Father, let the gracious shower
Descend, and make me pure from sin.
Purge me from every sinful blot;
My idols all be cast aside;
Cleanse me from every sinful thought,
From all the filth of self and pride.
Give me a new, a perfect heart,
From doubt, and fear, and sorrow free;
The mind which was in Christ impart,
And let my spirit cleave to Thee.
O take this heart of stone away!
Thy sway it doth not, cannot own;
In me no longer let it stay,
O take away this heart of stone!
O that I now, from sin released,
Thy Word may to the utmost prove,
Enter into the promised rest,
The Canaan of Thy perfect love!
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.d ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23