When is it a good time to help others? Anytime,that is the easy answer, but we can do better than that.
“Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.” Mark 21:41 (MSG)
Helping others and giving comes in many forms. It isn’t just the weekly handful of spare dollars tossed in the passed plate at church. It isn’t the left overs, not wanted items or just a few minutes of time in passing. Helping other is giving what they need to them when they need it not giving when you can spare it or when it is convenient for you.
We do not have to give money. We can give things, food, time or advice. The point is to help others when they need it not when we are doing well enough to spare some food, time or money. We should give when it hurts us to give. Helping others out of our need, when we need help ourselves, that my friend, is faith.
How many of us really do that? Have you ever given you last two coins to someone who needed it? Have you ever taken clothes that you like out of your closet, not just the worn out old things, and given them to the poor? What about giving your last can of some thing from your pantry? When have you sat and talked with someone who was sad, who needed comfort and advice when you knew it would make you late for an important appointment or late for work? When have you taken off work to help someone who just needed your time?
Heres another aspect of helping others, get ready this one may sting a bit, help others every time you see someone in need, do not wait for them to ask for help. How many times have you passed by someone who you knew needed help of some sort because it was not what you felt like doing? Passed a crying person? Ignored the call for food donations? Passed a homeless guy because he might go buy a beer?
It’s really this simple, when you help others it isn’t about them it is about you being faithful to God.
Mathew 25:43 says ” I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, Sick and in prison, and you never visited. ” …..then verse 45 says, “‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.”
I don’t know about you but I do not want to stand in front of Jesus and have to answer to Him about why I did not help one of these, why did I ignore the needy and why did I ignore Him? Doing the right thing is always the right thing. Help others when you see need every time. You will be blessed for obeying God and doing His will.