Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Also read Isaiah 58:6-12.
Jesus paid more attention to the lost sheep than those that were well.
Our 1st job is to seek the lost.
2nd to bring again that which is driven away.
3rd to bind that which is broken.
4th to strengthen that which is sick.
God hears the prayer of the destitute or those that fall short as well as the backslider, etc. God is more concerned about the aged than the young, the sick more than the well, the poor more than the rich, the sinner more than the righteous. God cares more about the destitute, the lost, and the sinner.
If our churches ever come to the place where we do not care about the destitute we are no longer like Christ. He came to seek and save that which is lost. He came to save sinners and He commanded us to do likewise.
He gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 2 Corinthians 5:18, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
In Luke chapter four Jesus preached the Gospel to the poor and in Luke 15:10, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
The Bible does not say they rejoiced over large offering (preachers and deacons do) or large crowds, but joy over one sinner.
What causes rejoicing in heaven? They rejoice over one sinner that repents.
The songwriter said, “Ring the bells of heaven there is joy today, for a soul returneth from the wild.”
If we lose our burden for the lost and destitute, God will lose His burden for us.
D.L. Moody sent horses and wagons all over Chicago to pick up horse and buggy kids. Why? He loved the poor; in fact they used to call him crazy Moody.
“Rescue the perishing, care for the dying….
Duty demands it, strength for thy labor the Lord will provide,
Back to the narrow way, patiently win them,
Tell the poor wanderer a Saviour has died.”