“Hey Buddy, Can You Help Me?”
No one likes to be swindled. Many a good-hearted person has heard a sorrowful story from one who is begging for help. If the plea sounds credible, the compassionate hearer will provide money, food, something to drink, or some other gift to render aid. However, suppose the benefactor makes their “set” delivery or “stop” in a reasonable amount of time and returns to the site where the beggar stood. Suddenly, the kind person sees the beggar getting into a new vehicle on the driver’s side and start the car…. well, the benevolent spirit of the donor just departed!
Granted, there may be those that take advantage of well-meaning people and their generosity to give money to others. However, there are those that because of injury, job loss, illness, divorce, or some other unforeseen disruption truly are “in need” of someone’s help. We are to help them if we can. Why? Because we are all needy spiritually. We are all standing in need of God’s grace. We have been the recipients of God’s good blessings. And, since it is more blessed to give than to receive, we should give to others.
Romans 3:24-26 – 24 But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. 25-26 God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.
James 4:6 – But he gives us more grace….
Heb. 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
It always irritates me when, on asking some good person to help a distressed brother, I am met with the silly inquiry: “Is it a deserving case?” As a rule, it certainly is not. The man who is down and out has been just an average sort of fellow and has helped considerably to bring his troubles on himself.
But am I a deserving case? Is anybody a deserving case? The mother cares for her child, not because it is a supernaturally good child, but because the helpless mite happens to be hers, to love and live for. We have got to love all sorts of tricky and unpleasant people simply because of the eternal mystery and miracle that Jesus loved them enough to die for them. (Copied).