I learned a valuable lesson last week. A
man with the stink of smoke and covered in ash walked into my office. His hands
and arms had several first and second degree burns on them. It did not take
long to figure out that this man's house had burned down the night before. He
had a look of deep sorrow on his face and in his eyes. He had just lost
everything in a matter of hours. He was now homeless, hungry, tired, and
without clothes. Worried and hurting he did not know where to turn so he turned
to the church. The church was able to help him with several things and also set
up a Bible study with him. As I walked him out the door to his car he made this
remark, "There sure are a lot of churches in
"And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick" (Matthew 14:14.)
That's it! That is what Jesus wanted to do for people. Help the hurting and helpless. When people are truly in need they generally have one thing on their mind. Stop the hurting. If I, as a Christian (a representative for Jesus), help people when they hurt, then I open a door through which I can share the gospel. That is what Jesus did. He helped the hurting and then taught them to do better.
"As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10.)
Jesus saw people hurting and had compassion on them. I need to have compassion for hurting people. I need to bear others burdens. (Galatians 6:2.) In helping others my own worries seem to become smaller and I realize how blessed I am. God has blessed us with so many things. He has given us the tools we need to help others. We will give an account to God for how we use what He has given. I pray that each and every Christian, both young and old, will take advantage of the opportunities to help the needy and share the Gospel.
- - - - JOSH WEBSTER