9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
Not many people in the church farm their land or reap a huge harvest. So how do we apply these challenges faced by the Jewish people to our context today?
What does this mean?
In essence this first part of Leviticus 19 is about living generously and free from greed. Don’t keep everything to yourself. Live generously towards the poor and alien. The word alien can be translated to foreigner, or those different to you.
We live in a culture where the expectation is that you stock up your own barn before even considering other people.
What does living with generosity look like for you today?
How can you love the person next to you through sharing what God has blessed you with?