I have had the privilege of being around people both at work and at church, and occasionally at home, who have had opportunity to be a friend to someone who seemed to have a need, and it is a blessing to witness. I’m not really sure who is more blessed; i.e. the one making needed connections, handing out money for a need, and giving a truly interested and hearing ear to someone’s situation, or the one receiving and feeling the glow of friendship and the encouragement of someone’s confidence. Either way, God is glorified and needs are met on both sides; i.e. that of the one in physical need (or emotional support) and that of the one in need of sharing. The latter is just as dire of a need, though it may be less visible outwardly! I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum, as I imagine most of us have, especially if we look at needs beyond the materialistic, and include emotional support in the mix rather then chalking it up to “too needy” or “too risky” and therefore, not giving the time and kindness that’s needed. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27. ‘Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come back later. I’ll give it tomorrow”–when it is there with you.’ Prov. 3:28
Since most of us have (or easily can) earmark every penny of our money, those who actually give out of their “need” are the ones who become dear and esteemed by those who they help. Their is really a mutual blessing involved in giving and receiving.
“In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts: 20:35)
When we give with right motives, God sees and blesses us, though it may not be a monetary blessing as is taught by some television evangelists. We tend to think that that way, but God may be wanting to bless us in other ways that are more hidden, yet more fundamental; i.e. where is our trust, are we sacrificial in giving, etc., what character growth might He be interested in instilling? Are we willing to bless those who we may have “judged” before as an act of our will or of more compassionate thinking? I’m glad I’ve got good examples all around me.When I can touch a hand, speak something encouraging, plant a seed toward turning hearts toward God, etc., it may be that I am the one being blessed. It may just be an angel testing my humility and generosity of heart.