SUMMARY: Safety first
OVERVIEW: God provides a series of laws to protect the vulnerable: divorced women, hired workers, the poor, the fatherless, foreigners, and widows.
BIG IDEA: Have a gracious heart and open hands to love and serve others.
KEY VERSE: Deuteronomy 24:21–22 (Moses to Israel)
When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, don’t glean the vines after they are picked. Leave the remaining grapes for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Do not be consumed with your provisions. Do not obsess over your use of time. I want you to seek me and serve me. I want you to work hard and focus on your task at hand, but do not tune others out in the process. I want you to be aware of the needs others have and be available to meet those needs. It may feel like a great sacrifice, but I will provide for you. I will multiply your time and meet your physical needs.
Be a blessing to others. Not everyone is capable or confident to work or care for themselves, yet I love each person. I want you to assist them, and I want you to equip others to do the same. Don’t look down upon or pity others you help. Look at them as my children who need a hand. Everyone needs help at some point, so as you serve, remind each person of their value and tell them about me.
Who is someone in need you can serve this week? Look for creative or practical ways to provide for that person.