Jesus says when you give alms that are within you to the poor that all will be clean for you
This means your heart and soul and spirit and mind and body and past deeds will be thoroughly cleaned out and you will have no contamination whatsoever
It also means you will not be in danger of being corrupted by the world
It might even suggest that God will remove bacteria and sickness from you or emotional or mental disorder
Its important to remember however that you need not only purity but also productivity to be in right standing with God along with all the sacrifices that come with living a responsible and compassionate life
Its also important to note that poverty is not always financial or medical but could be intellectual or visual or cultural or social or emotional or moral or spiritual
If you want to receive the full rewards of showing grace to the poor you must be gracious with all forms of poverty and not just the kind that you romanticize and idealize in your mind
Not all disabled people are honourable and virtuous and good looking
Not all poor people are secret undiscovered and hardworking saints
Are you will to condone and protect the average disadvantaged Joe?
And not just your coterie of elite apostles who hide among the homeless and downtrodden?
Your attitude towards poor people determines whether God will cleanse you from sin
And if your not compassionate or gracious - no amount of productivity will save you from the wrath of God
I know severely hard working misers that were punished for their lack of grace
There is no substitute for charity - it’s the most powerful force in the world