Jesus told His disciples that there will always be poor people…
Matthew 26:11 (NKJV)
11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.
How many times have you made eye contact with a poor person, a beggar, a homeless person, and you quickly looked away because you didn’t want to be bothered? You had enough money to help one of their immediate needs. Of course you couldn’t ‘save them’, but you could give them one meal…a pair of shoes…a room for one night.
Often we don’t help because we say they’re scam artists, or reason that they brought their situation on themselves and, yes we must use wisdom and discernment in how we give.
But, I do want to remind you though that God has given us the responsibility to showing kindness to those who are in need.
I even go as far to say that when someone in genuine need reaches out to you, that they are doing you a favor…they are giving you and opportunity.
Here are 7 reasons it’s really a blessing to have someone in need reach out to you…
THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBEDIENT
In Old and New Testaments, God has given us the instruction to help those who are in need. And, we don’t even have to wait for them to ask us. We simply have to see them or notice them…
Deuteronomy 15:7 (NKJV)
7 “If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the [a]gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother,
Luke 6:35 (NKJV)
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, [a]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
1 John 3:17 (NKJV)
17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Ephesians 4:28 (NKJV)
28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with hishands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
When someone asks you for help, they are giving you an opportunity to be obedient to God.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE GOD’S LOVE
Jesus expects us to love one another, just as He loves us. And, to demonstrate that love by sharing it… REAL LOVE ISN’T JUST STATED…IT’S DEMONSTRATED!
He then taught us that there’s no greater love than when we lay down our lives for others. Well, the fact is that YOU DON’T HAVE DIE TO LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE FOR SOMEONE…, When you sacrifice your time and money, you are giving up yourself. You can’t get time back, when you take the time to talk to someone, to pray with them and to help them you are giving back something you can’t get back. You are giving little moments of your life for others, just as Jesus has given His life for us.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THERE ARE STILL GOOD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE ANSWER TO A PRAYER
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you [a]ask anything in My name, I will do it.
There are countless poor people who wake up each morning asking God for help them. When you feel led to give to someone in need, to buy them a meal, to fulfill a need you may be a very tangible answer to a specific prayer. This just helps prove not only that God is real, but that He loves them and truly listens to them.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE TO GOD HIMSELF
THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE BEHIND A GOOD TESTIMONY FOR ANYONE WHO WITNESSES
John 7:3-4 (NKJV)
3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”When someone asks you for help, they are giving you an awesome opportunity to let your light shine.