Do you know the best Bible verses about serving others? Not sure what to do when you see someone homeless on the street? Start with God’s word because there are plenty of bible verses about serving others. First, let’s take the time to see how we are lending a hand to those in need around us.
Friends, does the photo below bother you as much as it does 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 and feeling hunger pains and not knowing where your next meal is gonna come from? Can you see the photo being one of your loved ones? We do not want anyone to be in this position.
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We serve God by serving others
I have a confession and conviction that is weighing heavily on my heart are I have passed many in this situation. How can I be a Christian and just pass by the scenario in the above photo and not try to help them?
Have you been there?
I suppose if you are like me you try your best NOT to make eye contact and will start looking for coins to distract your eyes from meeting theirs.
We don’t want to witness the shame and sadness reflecting back at us. Sadly, many people play on your heartstrings. Now I am NOT saying all do.
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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? Then you have some people who have become this way due to addictions.
Maybe you have loved ones who have pushed and used family and friends to the point they can no longer be trusted. Some cannot help themselves at all due to emotional or mental health issues. Sadly, some flat out refuse help.
Regardless, I find it hard to block the image from my mind no matter what I do. It makes me feel like the worst person EVER because I didn’t do anything and I dwell on it.
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I should have…
- Give them something!
- Taken them something to eat!
- Drove 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. Talk to them about the one who loves them more than anyone ever could.
I have also struggled with why many businesses 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. Sweet friends, we do not know what has happened in their lives for them to be in this situation.
WE OFTEN DO THE FOLLOWING ____ WHEN IT COMES TO SERVING OTHERS?
- 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 we don’t know, however, God does! God’s word tells us to help the poor and needy repeatedly. We are NOT to seek the treasures of this world but store up treasure in Heaven.
How god wants to use you in serving others in need
As you can tell be reading this post it is centered on helping the homeless but the same is true for those who just need a helping hand. Here are ways you can HELP.
1. Be Educated
There may be numerous reasons why an individual becomes homeless. Only God knows the reasons.
It can be due to the lack of…?
- Affordable housing
- Loss of a Job
- Substance Abuse,
- Domestic Abuse
Don’t be judgemental on trying to understand how they became homeless.
2. Respect Them
As I stated earlier I often avoid looking at them out of pity and not knowing what to do or say. I spoke to a man not long ago and he told me what bothered him most was losing his dignity. He also said he often didn’t ask for help because of pride and judgment.
3. Consider Donations
Here is a list that doesn’t involve money. It’s genuinely showing the love of Jesus by serving others.
- Non-perishable items
- Cups and utensils
4. Offer to Volunteer
What better way to show the love of Jesus than going to your local homeless shelter by serving others and at the same time share your personal testimony of coming to Christ. Who knows, it just may plant a seed.
5. Reach out
Invite them to your church for worship service. Offer moral support when you can.
6. Job Opportunities
My church is big on community outreach projects. My suggestion is to ask your church to get involved in something similar if they haven’t done so. Sadly, I’ve seen cases where the homeless want to work but can’t find a steady job.
7. Become an Advocate
If we can do nothing else everyone has access to a telephone right? Contact your local organizations to organize food drives or fundraising events to help fill up your local homeless shelters.
VERSES ABOUT SERVING OTHERS IN NEED
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? James 2:14
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food. James 2:15
And one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? James 2:16
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:17
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
SERVING OTHERS IS MODELING JESUS CHRIST’ EXAMPLE: CONTINUING READING VERSES ABOUT SERVING OTHERS
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
He said also to the man who had invited him, When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. Luke 14:12
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Luke 14:13
And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. Luke 14:14
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. Matthew 25:35
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:36
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? Matthew 25:37
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? Matthew 25:38
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? Matthew 25:39
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 25:40
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. Proverbs 14:31
In closing on Verses about Serving Others in Need
Are you feeling Conviction from the Holy Spirit after reading the Bible verses about serving others? I sincerely hope this post, has changed how you view this topic. Can people see Jesus in us based on how we serve others?
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.