Pastor Tim Romero
Nehemiah 5:18–19 (ESV): "18 Now what was prepared at my expense for each day was one ox and six choice sheep and birds, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Yet for all this, I did not demand the food allowance of the governor, because the service was too heavy on this people. 19 Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people."
Being good and generous to others will never go unnoticed by God. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints (Heb 6:10). God will reward you in eternity for your kindness on earth.
After Nehemiah learned that the nobles and leaders of Jerusalem were exacting interest from the people and selling their countryman into slavery to satisfy their debts he became angry and called for an assembling. He made everyone promise to stop the oppression of the poor and to help one another just as God has helped them. They all agreed. Nehemiah modeled generosity and kindness by giving away food every day to help those in need.
We are never to forsake the opportunity to help those in need. Just as God has helped us so too must we help our brothers and sisters in need. God has been so generous and kind to us, how irreverent is it to oppress those with the greatest needs? If we have the means to help others we should. In so doing we are being the hands and feet of Jesus. God sees your generosity and kindness or lack thereof and He will reward you accordingly.
Father, we thank You for Your generosity and kindness to us. You owe us nothing and yet You give us all that You have. You have made us who were once orphans Your children through spiritual adoption by paying the debt we could never pay. May we treat one another in the very same manner and with the same level of generosity. Have Your way in us we pray in Jesus' name, amen.