PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
The Gift of GivingRichard Waialeale
"'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.'" (Leviticus 23:22)
This section of scripture started with the celebration of the Feast of Weeks, also known in New Testament times as the day of Pentecost (meaning 50th) because it was celebrated seven weeks plus 1 day (50 days). It was also called the Feast of Harvest and "the day of first-fruits". Scripture says this was also a time to remember to leave the gleanings of the harvest for the poor. It's rather strange to see this scripture placed in this area but I believe thereís a reason for that. As the priestsí needs were met by the sacrificial meat, so it was with the needs of the poor were met by leaving the gleanings for them in the harvest fields. Itís at the time of celebration that the Bible teaches me today to not forget those that are hungry, the poor and destitute.
Whenever we celebrate an event at NHSS, like our 2nd anniversary, be sure to leave some food for the poor, hungry, homeless and those on the streets. I always invite them to church whenever we do our outreaches, but very few actually show up, and I donít blame them. What we then do is take the food and the church to them. The church is not measured by how many are on the inside, attending church. The church is measured by those that are still on the outside, and there are many more people still yet needed to be reached. That is why we do outreaches.
Thank you Lord for giving us an opportunity to reach out to those that will not come to church, yet receive and glean of the harvest that is brought to them. May we be a church that welcomes anyone to everyone. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.