READ : Deuteronomy 24:17-22
Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord . . . redeemed you. (v. 18)
Moses had more to say to his people about helping the needy and the poor: the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow. Four times in these six verses these unfortunates are referenced.
Ministering to them always begins by remembering how you have been blessed by God. He redeemed you. You who were spiritual paupers have become rich through Christ’s grace lavished upon you. And to you who were separated from Christ, alienated, strangers, foreigners, and without hope, you’ve now become citizens of the household of God through the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:12-19).
Your father was the devil (John 8:44)—evil, cruel, controlling, deceptive, and murderous. Now, in Christ, your Father is infinitely loving, eternally gracious, unchangingly merciful; always good, and trustworthy. You were without a husband. Now you have become the bride of Christ, whose covenant with you will never be broken.
Remember who you were. Remember who you have become in Christ. Remember what God in Christ has done for you by his grace. It will transform the way you care for the needy. You will tenderly serve them as Christ has ministered to you. And the world will notice.
Dear Father, your grace has transformed us through the sacrifice of your Son. Receive our thanks. Enable us to treat those around us as we have been treated. Amen.