Nowadays we often see charities set up in malls and outside supermarkets. Representatives stop passersby, trying to persuade them to sign up and to give money to their cause. Why do they even exist? Probably because the needs exist, and not enough people are doing/giving enough to fix those needs. Charities talk about us having 'donor fatigue' - we've seen so many 'Please, give just $20 a month...' ads they just don't have an effect on us anymore.
Contrast that with Mother Theresa, who gave her life to rescuing sick babies and caring for the dying. She said: 'The biggest disease today isn't leprosy or cancer. It's the feeling of being uncared for, unwanted - of being deserted and alone.' She was asked why she did what she did, and her response? 'Because Jesus did.' Hmm.
The Bible contains many words from the prophets. Half of what they say calls out sin and the other half calls out those who see people suffering and do nothing about it. If we call ourselves God's - we call ourselves to His action. Today's reading isn't meant to start a guilt trip, forcing you to donate regularly to a charity - it's a reminder that our faith is the sort that has actions partnered with it. If your faith is all words and no action at the moment, you'll probably find that choosing to serve strengthens your faith.
So what now? If you haven't yet asked at your church about places to serve, now would probably be a good opportunity.
Soulfood : Num 1-2, Luke 5:27-39, Ps 100, Prov 3:7-8