Yesterday, in passing, I saw something that made me think. After I left CVS in Dade City, I saw a man on the side of the road sitting behind a little sign that said on it: "will work for food" and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). The thing is: he looked like one of the cast of Duck Dynasty, but with an intimidating (even menacing) look on his face. I didn't stop, but afterwards, I wish I had. I guess anybody can fall on hard times, but his appearance and demeanor were counterproductive to what he was attempting to do- get money! In the picture, one elephant has "given up" and the other one is just looking on; but what exactly is the standing one supposed to do- give him a leg up (with those feet)? From time to time we are all faced with those who are put in front of us in need, so what do we do- and more importantly, why do we do it? Physical needs are one thing and frankly I have seen so many people take advantage of the generosity of Christians, that I think multiple times before I become involved. But what about the spiritual needs of others? Paul comments on this in the last chapter of the book of Galatians...
Galatians, Chapter 6
1 Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren’t tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each man test his own work, and then he will take pride in himself and not in his neighbor. 5 For each man will bear his own burden. 6 But let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches. 7 Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.
So, if you can help, help!!! This is true spiritually and in practicality as well. The problem is exactly how to do it!!! One of my instructors in Bible School (John Bizzell) told of seeing someone in need of help and the person appeared menacing, like the man I saw yesterday. He said he didn't stop the car because his family was with him and their safety was paramount. Well, I always listened to John, because he was the most spiritual Christian I have ever known, but does this mean that I shouldn't stop at all (under any circumstances)??? Frankly, I am still trying to figure out the best way to handle such things. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Even though I am old- God isn't finished with me yet. Please help... WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)??? I am a bit "down in the dumps" over this one- feel like giving me a leg up? I wonder if anyone will???