It is important to not just take care of the needs of our family, but also put some of our money aside for people in need. This can be extended family members, people in your church or neighborhood, the homeless, and the poor. You may see a person with a sign that indicates they are hungry outside of a fast-food restaurant. God may then tell you to talk to them. Sometimes it is God telling me to take them in with me, in order to buy them food. Other times, God tells me to drive by them and ask them what they want to eat, and then deliver it to them when I am done. I am happy to do both and also end the encounter by talking to them about Jesus and the gospel, along with praying with the person. This is in line with what God said to Moses. “And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 23:22) God is able to bless people’s lives who are in need through us who are more well off.
Another way to help someone in need is while at the supermarket, where you see a homeless person with a sign. You could do the exact same thing as you did with the person at the fast-food restaurant. Meaning, ask them to come in with you, in order to get them exactly what they need for groceries and more. Another option is to ask them about their needs and then deliver it to them after you are done shopping. I love doing both, and it feels so good inside to impart unto others a little bit of my money and resources to them. You won’t know this feeling until you actually give in to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and go out of your way to help someone. There is so much we can do to be ready to help others. This could mean keeping a separate bank account open that is used specifically for helping others. So if a family member or relative comes to you for money because they can’t pay their rent, you will be ready to jump in and help. I love doing this and also telling them they have no need to pay me back. This is God’s will, so I jump at the opportunities to help them and others in the same way. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will not only put in my heart the need to help the poor and needy, but put this same desire in every person who calls themselves a Christian. It is surely a wonderful thing to help a homeless person who is in need. This feeling is amazing, much like the times I am out serving, witnessing, and praying with people. I love to be in Your harvest, no matter who comes my way I am ready. Your Spirit is in me and I am grateful to be led by my King. Even the King of Glory. Thank You, Father. I am where I am today because You have set me free. No more do I need all the best things in life, but the things I can do for Your kingdom instead. I am in desperate need of Your continued guidance and direction now. Without You pouring into me on a daily basis I would be so lost. Thankfully, You do respond when I pray and seek Your hand through reading the Bible, worship, and more. It is a joy just to think upon You and to tell others about You also. Lord, bring more people to my table, in order for me to help them physically because of their needs and spiritually, because of their desire to know You. I love You. Amen.