We can do Godly things for people, but we should not become “God” to them. There is one God and He is the only One who can truly supply every one of our needs.
Yes, there are needy people, but there are true people in need.
People in Need:
- Rarely ask for help.
- Are gracious for your help.
- Don’t expect items, money, gifts, time, etc. from you.
- Are usually wanting to reciprocate the kindness in some way.
- I have noticed that these are the people that you feel drawn to. Like God has put something on your heart to help them.
- Do not always appear like they are in need…but like I stated on the previous bullet, you feel drawn towards them. God usually tells you what they need.
- Demand things from you.
- Expect you to give money, clothes, anything that they see around your house.
- Expect you to come to them at the “drop of a hat.”
- Want you to take care of them when they are unwilling to take care of themselves.
- Usually use “guilt” to get want they want.
- I have noticed that this type of person will use you and abuse you.
By becoming God to the needy people, we are trying to supply their every need. Whether it is physically being there (helping with deeds around the house, etc.), supporting them financially, or even supporting them emotionally. We can be there for them, to some extent, but we cannot always be there. That is God’s place.
- If we did try to take God’s place and supply their every need…what purpose would they need the one true God for? By being overly giving to the needy person, we could become a stumbling block to their walk with God.
o I don’t know about you, but I have found God in the darkest times of my life; when He was the only One that could supply my needs. If someone stepped in and took that place, would I have found God on such a substantial level?
Discerning when it is time to lend a hand or point them to the direction of God.
- Sit down and pray about the situation (It’s time to use that “walking and talking relationship with God”).
- Remember, God doesn’t condone guilt. It doesn’t come from Him(Paul).
- Don’t let people guilt you into giving.
- When you have that urge from God to give to a certain person at a certain time, do it. You will never know what giving to someone feels like until you do it with God’s guidance.
Have a good day, brothers and sisters, and may we never stop learning and listening in our walking/talking relationship with God.
Paul. Romans 8:1. n.d. <https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A1&version=NASB>.