Knowing when and how to help others is an important part of one’s salvation however, knowing who to help is far more crucial. In a world filled with false prophets and evil doers, helping the right people can be tricky.
In recent weeks, we talked about lending a helping hand to those in need. Much like Christ himself, we are often approached by individuals in need of miracles whatever that may be. For some, a few dollars can make a world of difference while in other cases, we are asked to utilize the power of prayer to heal or mend those in need of help.
But how do we know whom to help? Are we to assist all those who ask for our help? Understanding God will equip us with all we need to fulfill our mission, are we to always say yes when prompted to give money?
No we are not. Along with generosity, God has equipped us with the power of discernment which allows each of us to literately see through other people’s intentions.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
“All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” (1 Corinthians 12:11)
Using our God given gifts, we are all called to help those in need, near and far. Since we live in a wired world joint by communication innovation, it is possible for us to help the needy both locally and remotely. Knowing who to trust with financial contributions can also be tricky, so it may be best to help those around you just as Jesus Christ did when He walked among us.
“Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Knowing that God has sculpted each of us to serve Him through others, we must also remember that all we have is His and that He can take it all away in an instant. The Lord almighty warns those who only seek worldly wealth at the expense of others.
“He who oppresses the poor to get gain for himself, and he who gives to the rich will surely come to want.” (Proverbs 22:16)
The bottom line is if you have no love for others or no desire to help them, you should really question whether Christ in in you. Similarly, if you are feeding the rich rather than the poor, if you are involved in gambling, lottery, investment plans, stock market or any other wealth generating program, be certain you are a giver, be sure to tithe and give back to God’s church otherwise you are in great danger.
“A miserly man hastens after wealth, and does not know that want will come upon him.” (Proverbs 28:22)
I invite you to open your hearts and walk in Jesus’ footsteps by helping all those in need any way you can. Be wise and refrain from sharing your gifts with the rich or the greedy. Most importantly, whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.
God we thank you for your love
And for the splendor that you bring upon us,
We ask that you inspire us to recognize what truly matters
In our lives and the lives of those who surround us.
Lord we pray that you will continue to bless our days
Shining your light bright guiding our footsteps,
Giving our lives purpose according to your will
Directing our paths to ever lasting love in Heaven.
We pray that you will allow fulfillment in our lives
Allowing us to help and serve those in need,
Keeping us from falling in the hands of greed and deceit
Where evil reigns.
God we ask for your forgiveness in our sins
And pray you will make us stronger with each day,
So we can surpass our own expectations
For our lives on Earth.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre