Helping others is a lifestyle we mimic from our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the purpose of His incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection. Helping others is a major part of our purpose and our existence today. It is foundational to obeying His law of love for all people. Also, helping others really helps us too; although this should not be our motivation for helping.
Helping Others in God’s Word:
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
It annoys me to no end when a person’s actions do not match what comes out of his/her mouth. What good does it do to wish a person well, but not help them when you have the resources to do so? A little can go a long way when needed. (For example, don’t pass the homeless person, buy him/her a meal.)
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Don’t get weary when helping others. For when you help others, you are showing love to God and He will not forget what you do. (For example, take an hour or two to help a mom with her children.)
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
You never lose by being generous. God will see to your needs as you take care of others’ needs. (For example, the person in front of you in line does not have enough cash for his/her purchase. Choose to help since you have exactly what they need.)
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
How can we forget to do good to others when God has been so good to us? This is a question we each should ask ourselves. Instead of letting the cultural, political, racial, and social wars invade your heart, let the love of God flow out sacrificially. In doing so, you will please God as this Scripture says. (For example, marking your calendar so you do not forget the day when everyone is gathering to provide the needs of a certain group.)
Again, helping others is foundational to all we claim to be as followers of Christ. May our faith be evident by the sacrificial love we pour upon others to help in their time of need.