July 29, 2018
As we conclude our study on helping others we will discover a few more aspects of the process involved in being a blessing to others. There has to be willingness on the part of the person in need to receive assistance in life. I have discovered that until a person is willing to change their circumstances you will not be effective in helping them to do so.
He, the beggar, gave them his attention. You cannot help someone until they are ready and willing to be helped. This calls on your part the ability to know the difference between those who are looking for solutions, and those who may be just looking for sympathy. Before the lame man at the gate received his healing, he gave Peter and John his attention. If you are going to get involved in helping a person you must have their attention and focus on the situation. Are they able to hear what you are saying or are they so overwhelmed by their circumstances and emotions that they cannot see a way out. Even though you are trying to point them toward a solution, if they are not tuned in then they are not capable of responding in a way to make things better. There may be times when a person would rather share their misery than overcome their misery. We live in a world of Attention Deficit Disorder and a clear response to a problem may be hard to accomplish. Make sure that when you seek to help another person that there is clear and calm communication over what might be required to make things better.
Do you find it difficult to talk with people in need?
Be gracious and kind as you work through emotions in order to communicate and help.
Sometimes being a good listener is required to understand the need of the person you are trying to help but after they repeat the same things about their problems ten times it is time for you to lead them toward possible solutions.
He gave Peter and John his attention, expecting to get something from them. The most effective thing you can do to help someone is to build their faith and that takes patience. Too often we want to do things our way and on our time schedule. Problematic people may not work on your time schedule. Even though you think you are a good helper and leader, you may want to look around to see if anyone is following you and seeking your help. If they are not, you may need to learn to slow down and re-connect. If you want to share with people what you have that can bless them you may have to work at their pace and not yours. They are expecting you to help and make things better, but it make take some time, understanding, and effort on your part to see things change.
Where God guides you to get involved in helping others, He will provide all that is needed to get the job done.
Never underestimate what God can do when His Spirit is leading you.
How has God amazed you in sharing His goodness?
Helping Others May Interrupt Your Plans And Schedule
Is it possible to be so busy with religious activities that you do not take time for people who are hurting? Selfishness is one of the easiest sins to commit, because when you are busy, you are not aware of committing it. Paul described Jesus as the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20) Jesus taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Giving blesses us, encourages us, and inspires us while withholding drains us, discourages us, and leaves us empty. A giver and helper brings life and shares life but just being a taker leaves us lifeless and dead on the inside. Giving is like watering a plant and watching it grow. The one who does not water the plant will watch it wither and die. Being a helper and giver not only helps others but it energizes you as well as the one you help. Peter and John may have been a little late for the prayer time but they brought life and excitement to the temple worship when their new found friend went into to the temple with them walking, and leaping, and praising God!