The support and help of fellow human being is invaluable. The Bible encourages us to help one another. To save life and to take care of the poor.
In James 1:27, He said, “What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of the orphans and widows in their suffering…” God also warns us in 1 John 3:17, not to close our hearts aganist the poor.
We are obliged as Christains to assist people in our own little way. Be ready to save a life through your material gifts, money, advice, or consolation. You can help one with household repairs or simply inviting one over for a meal or a social gathering.
It can also be offering people a listening ear when they have a problem. Such kindness could very well rescuse one from a wayward course or from dying, like the man in this story below that my friend shared with me.
People who have lost all hope, view life from the perspective of dread.
THIS MAN DIED HELPLESS AND HOPELESS. (This is a true life story. It happened in this COVID-19, in Kano, Nigeria). 👇:
A man went to a foodseller. He had not eaten in 3 days. He begged the seller for food on credit. The foodseller said, no because, he has gave out to many people on credit.
The man sat down beside the foodseller’s shop as he had nowhere else to go.
The foodseller told him he’s very sorry, he would like to help. But many people in the neighbourhood have collected food on credit and his business is sinking.
The man sat there and said nothing.
As time went on, other people came into the shop to buy foodstuff and went out- they noticed the man at the door sitting there sleeping. But nobody bothered, until one man came later in the day and asked the foodseller: “who is the man sitting at your door?” “Why is he there?”
Then the foodseller said “oh it’s a man who says he has not eaten for 3 days and he wants to collect food on credit but I could not give him because my business is struggling from all the credits I have already given out”.
Then the other man said: “How much is the food he wants?”
The food seller said “It’s a few cups of garri, rice and beans. Everything may be 2,000 naira”.
The other man said “Alright pack everything he wants and more. I would pay for it. Let him go home to his family and eat”.
The foodseller packed all the food and went outside to tell the man with joy that someone has paid for his food.
He saw the man still sleeping. He tapped him to wake him up, he didn’t respond. Tapped him again, nothing. The man had died. He died sitting and waiting for help.
The man was dead all along while people were coming in and out of the shop thinking he was sleeping. He died hopeless. He died helpless.
If you know anyone in this period who is hungry around you and you can afford a little food or money to give him/her, please do.
Many people are walking the streets with an empty stomach, a sorry face and are dead within. It’s only a matter of time before they physically die.
Don’t be the one who walks into a store and doesn’t bother to ask about the beggar at the door. We all have our problems yes, But our little curiosity may save a life.
Be the one who asks “who is that person sitting there?”
Today, notice and help that hungry person in around you. Remember, a proper interest in Orphans and widows ( the poor generally) is a part of true worship.