As Americans we can tend to forget that on a global scale we are all filthy rich.  While we sit here worried about how we are going to pay the mortgage on our multiple bedroom home and afraid that we might have to dump the cable, the majority of the earth’s population is living in utter poverty, wondering where the next morsel of bread will come from.  Today’s devotional is not meant to be a guilt-trip, wealth-bashing session.  However, it will be a sobering reminder of the simple message of Luke 12:48, “from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”

Read the following Proverbs and write a brief summary next to each one.

Proverbs 14:21

Proverbs 14:31

Proverbs 17:5

Proverbs 19:17

Proverbs 21:13

Proverbs 22:2

Proverbs 22:16

Proverbs 22:22-23

Proverbs 28:3

Proverbs 28:8

Proverbs 29:7

Proverbs 29:14

Proverbs 31:8-9

Proverbs 31:20

What should our attitude be to those who are poor?  Why?

How aware are you of the poverty in our own city?  What steps could you take to find out more about it?

In what ways, if any, have you taken a proactive approach to fight poverty in our city and in the world?

This is a challenge to our community:  What can we do to live out the principles taught in these Proverbs?  How can we better Love the World in the area of Social Justice?  Let’s commit to praying about it, asking God for direction, and seeking options.

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