Open your eyes. See need.

groceries for the needyShowing the love of Christ must be more than just shaking hands and handing out tracts.

We must be Jesus’ ministering hands and feet to reach a lost world in a practical way. “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to then, ‘Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,’ but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it?” — James 2:15-16.

America’s rugged individualism needs to melt away before the word of God. We have a responsibility before God for each other. If you look around you, you will find genuine need.

Personally, I don’t give to the homeless. I give to the divorced mother of five with the deadbeat husband. I give to the missionary just returned off the field trying to make ends meet. There’s nothing wrong with giving to the homeless, but my resources are limited, so I want to give them where they won’t go to alcohol. There are some formerly homeless people in our church who need food, and I always make it a point to offer them whenever I can.

Sorry, but I’m a bit skeptical of people who are in an ecstasy of love with Jesus, and then they have not practical outlet to show their love. Remember, Jesus so closely identified himself with the needy, that He said that we render service unto Him when we clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned, etc. If you love Jesus, love people.


17 responses to “Open your eyes. See need.

  1. If you love Jesus, love people. That’s not just a good quote or a good idea, it is our mandate. Great post!
    A Servant

  2. This is a great post! One of the reasons my blog has been silent is that I was unfortunate enough to get pneumonia. My sick pay ran out and I was on unpaid leave for a few weeks as the sole wage earner with 3 young children. One of our church family arrived with a weeks groceries for us. It was one of the most amazing examples of God’s love in action. It is something which we will always remember and be challenged by. Be doers not sayers! Blessings Chris

  3. Practical as well as sensitive, and certainly Biblical! Thanks for posting.

  4. Absolutely, although I certainly do not think all homeless people are alcoholics. I live abroad and sometimes don’t feel I have an outlet to give, and this is a good reminder that need is everywhere. I had a young woman ask if she could pray for me on the street, out if blue. I cried when she left…I am a middle class woman with all I could ever want – and I needed that! I felt blessed by Jesus, and extremely calm the entire day. Thanks for this beautiful post.

  5. James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Thanks for this great reminder.

  6. I so agree with the thoughts expressed here! My only comment would be that it is not obvious when you see a homeless person whether they are a drug addict or a victim of downsizing/natural disaster/death of a loved one. The key here I guess is to open our eyes and see the needs of others right in front of us, and to then give hope to those who see no hope. Thanks for the ‘nudge’ to do what is right.

  7. Great post! You hit the nail on the head with this one. We have to be doers of the word and not hearers only decieving ourselves. James 1:22 And James 2:15-16 sets the ground for everything your saying.

    My friend and I have put this very thing on a list of other things that we are doing for others. Now I’m really excited about it! Thanks for sharing.


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