Helping The Homeless
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.‘” (Matthew 25:44-45 NKJV)
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The other day I was sitting in the drive-thru pharmacy waiting when a homeless man knocked on my window. He said that he was hungry. I told him that I would buy him something to eat. He then asked if I could just give him some money. When I said no, he walked off and proceeded to ask other drivers in line. Apparently, he didn’t want what I offered him, but he wanted cash to buy what he wanted. If he was really hungry, he would have accepted the meal.
I’m always skeptical about people asking for money. I wonder if they are really homeless, or if they are homeless and just want to buy alcohol or cigarettes. It makes it hard for me to want to give cash out to them. But I will happily go buy them something to eat if they are hungry.
It wasn’t the first time a homeless person turned down sustenance that I offered to them. It kind of makes me feel bad when they won’t let me help them because I know what Jesus said in Matthew 25. If we help someone who’s hungry, thirsty, or in need of help, we’ve done it also unto the Lord.
I’m curious to know how you all handle helping the homeless. Do you give them cash, buy them food, or write them off as scam artists?
I know that there are people out there who genuinely need and want help, but we can’t help anybody if they won’t accept it. It’s similar to the salvation that Jesus offers. He has this wonderful gift for all who are spiritually hungry, thirsty, and destitute. He’s already paid the price for it with His dear life. And we can present the gift of salvation to others, but they can choose to accept it or reject it.
We just have to keep offering to help the homeless and keep taking the saving news of Jesus Christ to the spiritually homeless. Then hopefully, they will one day have a home in heaven with the Lord.
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