It is very easy to make life all about us and our comfort. This is where we find Jehoiachin in Jeremiah 22. Jeremiah says that as king he has only been concerned with his own palace and comfort. He is unconcerned with justice and the needs of others. Jehoiachin's father was a king who cared for the "poor and needy" while Jehoiachin simply cared for himself. This lifestyle places Jehoiachin under God's judgment. Notice the description of this judgment in 2 Thessalonians 1. "They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and the majesty of his power."
2 Thessalonians encourages us to consider Christ's return and the way that it should transform our lives today. Since Christ is coming back we should live in light of that reality. today. Therefore, we must be people who love those who are "poor and needy." We must consider those who may be overlooked in our society and may be falling through the cracks and consider how we can help. This may mean volunteering at Helps Outreach, Grace Place, or coming alongside single parents in the church; but what it certainly means is that we can't turn a blind eye to those in need.
Question of the day: How can you respond to the needs of the "poor and needy"?
Father God, give me eyes to see those who are hurting and how I can best respond. Help me not to only be concerned with myself and my family but to care for all who are made in your image. Give me a soft heart and help me to be about your work today. Amen.