I know, you can’t help everyone. Jesus said, “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.” (Mark 14:7 NASB) He was responding to those who criticized the actions of a woman. She had just poured a vial of precious oil on Jesus’ feet. They thought it to be a waste. She could have sold it and fed the poor.

We can’t express our love for God quite like this woman. She wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair, and He left us with the poor. “Whenever you wish you can do good to them.” The apostle told us that what we build is up to us. (1 Corinthians 3:15) We make decisions about what we are willing to sacrifice for the sake of God’s kingdom.

Our time and gifts are ours to use as we see fit.  Their use reveals our priorities. Both time and gifts are measured out to each of us. The amount of one is sovereignly determined, the value of the other depends upon its use. Time and gifts. Decide how to use them, what to build and for whom is it being built. And always remember the poor.

“He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13 NASB) Everyone should be attentive, if they want to be heard. Another righteous rule in God’s kingdom that may need your consideration.