Helping the Helpless

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sometimes we get so caught up

in the busyness of life and in ourselves

that we forget that God calls us to lift each other up,

lend a helping hand, a listening ear, 

and a willing shoulder. 


 
Share with the Lord's people who are in need.
 
Practice hospitality.
 
Romans 12:13
 
 
 
 
 

How many different thoughts and judgments

pass through our minds when we look at people?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Luke 6:30-36New Living Translation (NLT)


30 Give to anyone who asks;

 

and when things are taken away from you,

 

don’t try to get them back.

 

31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.


32 “If you love only those who love you,

 

why should you get credit for that?

 

Even sinners love those who love them!

 

33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you,

 

why should you get credit?

 

Even sinners do that much!

 

34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you,

 

why should you get credit?

 

Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.


35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them.

 

Lend to them without expecting to be repaid.

 

Then your reward from heaven will be very great,

 

and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High,

 

for He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.

 

36 You must be compassionate,

 

just as your Father is compassionate.

 

 
 
 

 
The story of the Good Samaritan
 
gives a clear picture of God's desire for us
 
to help those in desperate need...
 
wherever we find them.
 
 
 
 
After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man
 
whom others had passed by,
 
Jesus told His hearers,
 
"Go and do likewise."
 
 
Before we even think about criticizing a person...
 
let us think ourselves into another person’s shoes. 
 
 
 
 
We can not only help people by giving them money, food, and clothes...
 
we can help them by sincerely listening, inspiring, and lifting them up.
 
Sometimes people just need a listening heart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Every sincere act of kindness to others...
 
is an act of kindness to God Almighty.  
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the Gospel of Luke,

Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan.

In it... a Jewish traveler is beaten, robbed,

and left half dead along the road.

First, a priest and then a Levite come by,

but both avoided the man.

Finally, a Samaritan comes by.

Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other,

but the Samaritan helped the injured Jew.

Jesus tells the parable in response to the question of

who one's "Neighbor" is.

Scripture tells us that we should consider the interest of others

and help those in need, even when no one is watching.

 

Work willingly at whatever you do,

as though you were working for the Lord

rather than for people.


Colossians 3:23

 

Unfortunately, some help the helpless only when the cameras are rolling.

Let us not help others for show or recognition.

Selfish ambition is wanting the accolades...

and the, so-called, right kind of people watching and saying...

"Well done."


"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men,
 
to be seen by them.

Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed,

do not sound a trumpet before you
 
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,

 

that they may have glory from men.

Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

But when you do a charitable deed,

do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

 that your charitable deed may be in secret;

and your Father who sees in secret
 
will Himself reward you openly.
 
Matthew 6 


 

Helping others out of LOVE is always our best option.

We should not be merely an influence, we should be an inspiration.

By our very own presence we should be a tower of strength

to the hungering souls around us... serving,

even when no one is watching.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Hungry
 
- to be fed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Now, suppose a person has enough to live on

and notices another believer in need.

How can God's love be in that person

if he doesn't bother to help the other believer?
 
 

 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need

but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

1 John 3:17 

 

"And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones
 
even a cup of cold water to drink,
 
truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."
 
Matthew 10:42
 

 

 How we respond may have a dramatic influence

 

on the rest of our life -

 

for good or ill.

"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers,

in any of your towns in your land which God is giving you,

you shall not harden your heart,

nor close your hand from your poor brother;

Deuteronomy
 

 

How do you choose to look at other people each day?

 

 

 Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

 Jesus is the Naked - clothe Him.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

   Jesus is the Homeless

   to be taken in.

 

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

Jesus is the Sick - 

to be healed.

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

   

 

 

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted

 

is the most terrible poverty.

 

Jesus is the Lonely - love him.

Jesus is the Unwanted - care for him.

 

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 


 

 

Jesus is the Leper -

wash his wounds.

 

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

 

Jesus is the Beggar -

give him a smile.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 Jesus is the Drunkard -

listen to Him.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Little One -

embrace Him.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

Jesus is the Dumb -

speak to Him.

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Crippled -

walk with Him.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

Jesus is the Drug Addict -

to befriend Him.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Prostitute -

to remove from danger and befriend her.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Prisoner -

to be visited. 

 

 

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

Jesus is the Old -

to be served.

 

In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God.

 

 

 

 

Our response to the poor -
 
"Today our poor of the world are looking up at you.
 
Do you look back at them with compassion?
 
Do you have compassion for the people who are hungry?
 
The poor and needy enrich us. 
 
They are hungry not only for bread and rice,
 
they are hungry to be recognized as human beings.
 
They are hungry for you to know
 
that they have their dignity,
 
that they want to be treated as you are treated.
They are hungry for love." 
Mother Teresa of Calcutta -

 

 

 

 

 


Mother Teresa received a grace from God.

 

The grace was to look at the person in front of her with one thought - 

a caring/loving thought.

 

That man in the gutter

was not the first person Mother Teresa had seen

dying on the street.

 

It was the first time that she looked at a homeless person

through the lens of caring, the perspective of love.

 

That new perspective changed her life.

 

It did not take away his disease or the filth that clung to his body.

 

What changed was...

 

how Mother Teresa saw him.

 

 

When our hearts are constricted with fear, anger, and craving, 

we lack the room to create open space for the stranger.

May we extend our most gracious hospitality to the stranger.

 Each time we see through caring eyes -

we look with love -

 we show the face of God.

 

Each time we do not look at others primarily with care we lock ourselves

 

more firmly behind walls of misery and do nothing that will truly help

 

others or ourselves. 

 

We never know when we may be entertaining angels unawares.

As we help the helpless...

we, in turn, are angels to others. 

 


 

 In seeing others through the perspective of caring -

 

we show the face of God. 
 
 
 

 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father;

take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in,

I needed clothes and you clothed me,

I was sick and you looked after me,

I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

 "Then the righteous will answer him,

'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply,

'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,

you did for me.'

Matthew 25:34-40

 

 

Be the spark that sets people's hearts on fire

 

with love and belief in God's intimate love for them. 

 

God cares for people and animals alike.
 
May we do good deeds,
 
expecting no fanfare from people.
 
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
 
God can see what is done in secret
 
and He will reward us with a quiet inner joy.
 
How precious is God's unfailing love.
 Help the Helpless.
Giving without expecting anything
or any praise in return.
 
  May we cultivate kindness to others and to ourselves...
trusting that life will enter both of us
through that interaction. 

 

Switching to a caring perspective 

 

can no longer be postponed.

 

Life is short. 

 Have you helped another person see God's face today?


Do Good to Please God.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
 Hebrews 13:16


Mother Teresa often told the story of the day she first saw a man in the gutter

and felt the inspiration to care for him.

Mother Teresa said that she knew, if she did not stop and care for him - at that moment -,

she would never stop to care for anyone.

So began her life of love. 

  

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,

encourage the fainthearted, help the weak,

be patient with them all.

  1 Thessalonians 5:14


    
   

 

 


 May we do the inner work and the outer work necessary
to increase our hospitality to all parts of ourselves
and others.
 
 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Each time we see through caring eyes -

 

we look with love -

 

we show the face of God. 

Each time we see through caring eyes -

 

we look with love -

 

we show the face of God. 

Each time we see through caring eyes -

 

we look with love -

 

we show the face of God. 

Each time we see through caring eyes -

 

we look with love -

 

we show the face of God. 

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