Don’t Be a Hog

Read

Leviticus 19:9-10 (CEB)
9When you harvest your land’s produce, you must not harvest all the way to the edge of your field; and don’t gather up every remaining bit of your harvest. 10Also do not pick your vineyard clean or gather up all the grapes that have fallen there. Leave these items for the poor and the immigrant; I am the Lord your God.

Reflect

Jesus said that the second-greatest commandment of all—second only to loving God with all you got—was to love your neighbor as yourself. Many of his parables and other teachings were about this. But this was not a new commandment. God’s expectation that we would be aware of and attend to the needs of those around us has been there since the beginning.

Today’s reading is from all the way back in Leviticus. If I were writing my own paraphrased version of the Bible, when I came to this passage, I’d probably write something like: “Don’t be a hog. You have plenty and it won’t kill you to share some of it with some people who need it.”

This is what it means to love your neighbor. We’ve all been blessed in all kinds of ways. In many ways, we have more than we need. So the question is: how are we using our abundance? Are we using it to the benefit of others, or are we hogging it all to ourselves?

Respond

What are some things that you have plenty of that you could use to the benefit of others?

Relate

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.