Thanks for stopping by. While you are here, let me share some of my vision for Operation Share. For several decades I have struggled to understand and apply the call of Scripture to care for the poor among us. In that time I have  heard a wide variety of reasons for and against helping the so called poor. All opinions aside it is clear from the Bible that true believers are called to share and to meet the needs of those neighbours in our lives. If we are honest, we struggle to own who is our neighbour.

A passage of Scripture brought clarity to me on the subject of the poor. I discovered  that a certain condition could bring about the reality that there would be no poor among us.

Deuteronomy 15:4  …except when there may be no poor among you; for the LORD will greatly bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance – only if you carefully obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today. For the LORD your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.

I discovered that the condition was to carefully obey the voice of the Lord.

Now we all have a problem!

In the same chapter we find the Lord instructing Moses how to care for the poor. In other words there will be poor who either disobey God’s ways or are unaware of them. Regardless, we are not to harden or prejudice our heart against them.

Deuteronomy 15:7  If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs.

While doing this we are also admonished to work. People will have their needs met and have some to supply to those who lack through good honest work. On this subject, very strong words come from scripture:

2 Thessalonians 3:10  For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

Ephesians 4:28  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

Herein lies the challenge to help people with a hand up rather than a perpetual hand out, especially for those who are able bodied. Christ’s compassion moves us to care for people. We hope that they will see the value and worth in working and thus being a contributing member of their family, society, and also able to supply others in temporary need.

When people enter a real relationship with Christ, a purpose bigger than themselves motivates them to greater heights than they had ever dreamed. Believers can be productive, full of hope and eternally in fellowship with the living Christ. In my recent book, To Hear Well Done, there is a chapter entitled “A Godly Stewardship”. This chapter reveals something of God’s blessing on good and honest hard work.

In closing, Operation Share is not about giving a hand out, but rather exists to provide a vision of restoration and love expressed in tangible ways. We will endeavor to assist with any legitimate urgent needs.

Thanks for your time and may God continue to richly bless you,

 

Dave Louden, Founder of Operation Share, former senior pastor of Faith Church

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