Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38).
Friends, does my feature photo bother you, as much as it has me? I couldn’t imagine NOT having a roof over my head, especially as cold as it has been lately. Can you imagine the photo being you beloved?
Imagine being hungry, and NOT knowing, where your next meal, is gonna come from. Can you see the photo, being one of your loved ones beloved? I know I wouldn’t want ANYONE to be in this position.
I want to confess my conviction, that is weighing heavily, on my heart to you. I can NOT begin to tell you, the countless times, I have passed many in this situation. Granted, there wasn’t snow on the ground, but still. How can I being a Christian, just pass by this scenario, and NOT try to help. Have you been there?
I suppose if you are like me, you try your best NOT to make eye contact. You find yourself looking for change, to distract your eyes meeting theirs. You don’t want to witness the shame and sadness, reflecting back at you.
Most of the time, I am driving alone, and it’s hard to stop, when you come across the scenario. You want to help, but at the same time, you’re afraid to. There has been so many things on the news, about people getting hurt, robbed or killed.
Sadly, many people play on your heartstrings. Now I am NOT saying all do. So many genuine people, have fallen on hard times, and never thought they’d be homeless. How would you feel, if that ended up being you friends?
Then you have some people, who have become this way, due to addictions. They have pushed and used, their family and friends to the point, that they can’t be trusted, so they find themselves nowhere to go.
Some cannot help themselves at all, due to emotional or mental heath issues. Some can not be helped, because they refuse to be helped.
Regardless, I find it hard to block the image from my mind, no matter what I do. I feel like the worst person EVER, because I didn’t do anything.
I dwell on it, and these thoughts takeover. Should I have helped? Maybe I should have gotten them food, and took it to them? Should I drive back another day, and see if they’re there? Are they cold? Will they be Ok?
What people need, more than anything, is our love, compassion and understanding. Offer to get them a meal, and in doing so, let them know they are loved. Talk to them about the one who loves them, more than anyone ever could.
I have also struggled, with why many business’s and churches, can’t open their facilities, when it’s freezing weather. Many could but choose NOT to do so. It may be out of fear and worry. I suppose they do NOT want trouble, and in today’s world, it’s hard to tell the difference, between helping and hindering.
See Friends, we do NOT know, what has happened, in their lives, for them to be, in this situation. We tend to judge first, and ask questions later. We want to judge, if they are worthy, of our help first, then we will give them aid.
The individual may be sincere, but how do we know that. How do we know, that they aren’t going to use, what we give them, for something other than food. Simply put is this….We don’t. God does.
We are told in God’s word, to help the poor and needy, repeatedly. We are NOT to seek the treasures of this world, but store up treasure in Heaven. I looked up several scripture concerning this topic, and are listed for reference.
10 Scriptures we are told to help those in need
- What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17).
- I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35).
- Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, Will also cry himself and not be heard. (Proverbs 21:13).
- 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? (1 John 3:17).
- But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16).
- But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8).
- Then He also said to him who invited Him, When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. (Luke 14:12-14).
- He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given. (Proverbs 19:17).
- For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:35-40).
- He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. (Proverbs 14:31).
Friends, are feeling convicted, as much as I am? I sincerely hope this post, has changed how you view this topic. It was on my heart, and I have stepped on my toes in the worst way. Let’s show the same love, that Jesus Christ shows to ALL people.
Keep in mind, when Jesus fed the 5,000 people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread, he didn’t ask questions first, he simply fed.
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Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.