Hi beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ,
have you ever said mentally or verbally, “Better them than me.”? I know I have and today it was placed on my heart to write why this is not biblical. We all are a prayer away from losing our minds, and a sin away from losing our salvation in Christ. Notice it was nothing we did to gain that Salvation in the first place. So why is it we say better that person on the street, that person crying about their bills, that child with no family than ourselves or our own children? That pity that we give isn’t helping anyone and in fact hinders our own blessings. At a young age I was told “you never know when you are in the presence of an angel.” That statement is so powerful yet I haven’t always understood let alone acted on it. For that I have asked for forgiveness.
The biblical proof that we are not supposed to just watch in silence or always give the “I’m praying for you” response.
Matthew 25: 34-40
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.h For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Sometimes YOU ARE THE ANSWER to someone’s prayers. That small voice that says buy that person’s items, that voice that says ask them to dinner, or to even talk to a person on the street is you doing for the Father. We are the good works that God speaks of. We are His light and our love and kindness shows His goodness to the lost. We are to be examples and yes prayer works but so does action. So the next time you say “Better them than me” remember it very well could have been you. Be humble and generous when the Spirit leads. Don’t get taken advantage of but ask God when and He will give you guidance.
Now for those who are thinking yeah okay how will this help me. I’ll give you a brief story. Because my mom was generous and left her doors open for young ladies to have a safe place to be. Because she gives what she can she has major favor. We were near being homeless and He gave us a place to stay. Had barely any food and He provided food for our table. Our lights were almost off and God provided an offering from church to my mother that kept our lights on. Almost unemployed but God kept her in her position. So I have seen how the gift of giving keeps on giving.
I was in GA, pregnant, no money. I had family which I was grateful for but they were struggling themselves. God provided a way home where I had only bag and left all of my belongings that were brand new. I’m talking furniture, clothes, the whole nine. Little did I know those last precious months of me returning home would be the last I would spend with my best friend my grandmother. But it never would have happened if I didn’t give what I could, or would have cared less about others when I had. God is faithful yes, but I have seen the difference in favor at the times I have given and I haven’t. From those events I have learned that words have power and actions carry weight with God. He is a loving God but what better way to show love back than by helping our brothers and sisters in their time of needs?
Remember, You never know when you are going to entertain an angel. So love and help when you have the opportunity.