Beggars in the 21st Century


“There will always be poor people in the land ” (Deuteronomy 15: 11) (NIV)


Beggars of today aren’t laying in the street pleading for alms as in Bible days. Nevertheless they are among us.

In fact, you’ll find them at intersections of city streets; or entrance ramps to major highways, expressing their situations on torn pieces of cardboard. Roughly scrawled words such as Will Work for Food or Out of Work  depict desperate words for desperate times. And with joblessness on the rise, beggars and the homeless may be around for a while.

The word beggar (or beg·gar) means somebody who begs for money or food from strangers; or a very poor person.

Beggars have always been among us. The bible says …You will always have the poor among you…John 12:8 NIV

Choosing to help these desperate people is doing what Jesus would want us to do. But it’s imperative when donating alms – or money – to the desperate that their starving spirit also be addressed. When the perfect chance presents itself, show concern with kindness. Ministering to a beggar’s physical need offers the opportunity to also minister to his spiritual need. This is best done by showing the love of Christ through action.

The receiver will have a physical need met as well as a spiritual one. This is truly doing what Jesus wants us to do.

And the common denominator in all this is found in 2 Samuel 2:6. “May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this”  (NIV)

©.2012 Phoebe Leggett

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About Phoebe Leggett

Phoebe Leggett is an author, poet, and free-lance writer whose articles, stories, and poetry have enhanced the lives of many. In 2007 she received two awards for her work at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Her articles, stories, and poetry have been published in adult and children’s Christian literature as well as online. Her books are available on under her name.
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