What a blessing it is to help people who are in need. That is what Jesus did when He was here on earth. He helped the sick, the poor, the oppressed and the persecuted. To the crowd gathered in the synagogue, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed” (Isaiah 61:1).
Jesus came to counsel, teach, heal. He came to help people to turn their lives around. He gave many a new lease on life. He healed lepers, making it possible for them to return to society. They were no longer outcasts. He helped the adulteress to clean up her life. He helped the Samaritan woman to see that her current living arrangement was not right. He helped Nicodemus, the Pharisee to understand what it means to be born again. It took a while to explain it but Jesus was patient. Jesus helped many people.
Paul encourages us to help one another. “Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters” (Galatians 6:1-3, 10).
Jesus’ message to His disciples also applies to us. “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34, 35).
God wants us to help everyone–not just our families or other Christians. We are to be kind and helpful to strangers too. Jesus taught that the way we treat people personally affects Him. “’For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “ When the people asked Him when was He in these situations and His reply was, `I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ What affects us affects Him (Matthew 25:35-45).
So, the next time you see a homeless person cold and hungry or an elderly person trying to cross the street or someone unable to open to open the door because they are carrying a lot of groceries, help that person. You will be helping Jesus. You are His hands and His feet. Remember every time you help someone, you will be demonstrating love and proving to the world that you are His disciple.