My friend, it is easier to complain about problems than to work toward a solution.
And this leads me to your question. We help the poor spiritually and physically by doing more than talking about the problem. James, the half-brother of our Lord Jesus said, “But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works;’ show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works (James 2:18 NASB).”
Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked the earth healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and bringing comfort to those burdened by poverty, pain, sin, guilt and grief. Today, He is at the right hand of the Father making intercession on our behalf and, indeed, the day is coming when He will return to fix this broken, reeling, sin-sick planet, but in the meantime, it is up to you and me to bring comfort to those who are suffering. We are to provide tangible help to those in need—and we are to do this in the name of Jesus Christ! We are to imitate Jesus. We do what He did while on earth. I cannot raise the dead or heal the blind, but I can help feed the hungry, minister to those in poverty, and bring hope to those who have no hope.
You do not need a seminary degree to do this. You need devotion to the Savior and a love for others.
Far too many people in America believe that life is nothing more than earning a good paycheck, buying a big house, driving a prestigious automobile, and enjoying all the luxuries that western society and a gold credit card provide. Wrong!
My friend, Christianity is not something we practice only on a Sunday morning. We are to be Christ followers seven days a week. I have just returned from teaching at a men’s prison. Working with inmates is the highpoint of my week. What about you? Perhaps a local soup kitchen could use someone just like you on the serving line. Or maybe you could lead a Bible study in a homeless shelter. Perhaps you could you lend your pastor a helping hand by visiting those in hospitals and nursing homes. You might organize a food drive at your church, school, or place of business. I met two middle-school kids who sold hand-made bracelets and used the profits to purchase diapers for a women’s shelter. I met a thirteen year old girl who collected five hundred rolls of toilet paper for a homeless shelter. I have a friend in his seventies who combs the streets looking for addicts and alcoholics who need to hear the Gospel—he also brings food for their empty bellies. The possibilities are endless. Ask God to open doors of opportunity for you to serve.
Psst! I am going to let you in on a little secret. I have found serving others in the name of Jesus Christ to be exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding. Fun? You bet it is fun! If more people would give ministry a try, they would be surprised at what fun this can be! My friends at the prison think I am some kind of hero when, in truth, I am just a Christian having a really good time serving Jesus. But do not take my word on this—find out for yourself how thrilling ministry can be.