On Sunday Lee told us that we will only truly be able to "Remember the Poor" when we've understood and grasped the significance of the cross. That only then are we able to truly meet the needs of and be a help to the poor.
I was reminded of that when I was reading John 12 this morning. You'll probably know the story. Mary (of Mary and Martha fame) breaks a jar containing a pint (half a litre) of Chanel No. 5 all over the feet of Jesus, and then washes his feet with her hair. Judas Iscariot gets upset about the waste of money, and protests that the perfume could have been sold and the money used to help the poor, although he didn't really care about the poor at all. However, Jesus replies with the killer line "You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me".
The point isn't that Jesus didn't care about the poor. We know from passages like Matthew 25 that he was passionate about the poor, and expected us to be too. But that he wanted us first to be passionate about him, and then let our passion for the poor flow out of that.
So let's do both. Let's be passionate about Jesus, love him with every ounce of our being and try to live lives that glorify him. But then let us be a people who let what we have received then overflow to the people around us. That we would be channels and not buckets. Whether that's babysitting for the single mum in your street, getting shopping for the elderly couple two doors down from you, getting involved in CAP or the Foodbank, or giving money to Serenje.