Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
(Matthew 19:21 ESV)
Jesus met a man who had great wealth. You may say, “I don’t have great wealth,” but I assure you that you do. The average homeless person in the United States is lumped in with the international middle class. You may not have any possessions that are truly your own; most of them belong to your parents. Jesus still wants you to let go of everything you have to follow Him. Give your possessions to Him. Allow Him to work with everything that you have. There should be nothing that you are unwilling to give away for God.
Despite popular belief, God doesn’t need you to give to the poor. God doesn’t need you to do anything.
I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
(Psalm 132:15 ESV)
He can give to the poor and satisfy them much more than you ever could. He wants you to participate in it anyway with a willing heart. He wants you to make service an everyday thing, not because you have to, but because you see the need and it breaks your heart. He wants you to give Him your heart not just your possessions or your time.
Is not this the fast that I choose… Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
(Isaiah 58:6-7 ESV)
The last statement should concern you as much as feeding the hungry or clothing the naked. The fast (commonly seen as giving up food) that God chooses is not to hide yourself from your own flesh. In your daily life how do you treat your parents, your brothers, or your sisters? Do you treat them like you would treat the hungry or naked? God longs for us to serve our families and friends as much as we serve the poor.