I had an idea. Maybe the next time you see a homeless person, instead of giving them money, maybe you should offer to buy them a meal.
I had that opportunity once and it blessed me as much as it blessed the homeless man who got a free meal. I know for certain it was a divine appointment and I knew in that moment the joy of being obedient.
When you get the chance to buy someone a meal and they ask why you are doing it, just tell them, “I’m doing this in the name of Christ,” for the Bible says when you give someone a cup of cold water in the name of Christ, it’s Christ you’re serving.
Maybe you’ll get the chance to pay for the person behind you at Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Starbucks.
Maybe it you’ll be able to pay someone’s electric bill. Or water bill. Or phone bill.
Or maybe it will be an act of service like cutting someone’s lawn or cleaning up their gutters. You never know.
But meeting someone’s physical needs is only meeting them halfway. Jesus didn’t just heal people’s bodies; He healed their souls, too.
We’re called not just to bandage wounds, but to offer the ultimate healing found in Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity not just to offer a cup of cold water but to point to the Living Water that never runs dry. We can offer not just a sandwich to someone but the Bread of Life that eternally satisfies.
My prayer for you (and for me) is that we keep our eyes open for such opportunities. If you see someone selling those newspapers, buy at least one and give that person a bottled water or something warm to drink. Be willing to talk to them and listen to their stories. Be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and be open to sharing your own story.
On Valentine’s Day, remember Who first love you and me.