We’ve all experienced that uncomfortable moment at the stoplight when we see a homeless person with a sign. We’ll avert our eyes, pretend we don’t see him, and hope he doesn’t look directly at us. We’ll rationalize that he’ll spend the money on booze anyway, so we’d just be enabling him. We’ll say, “I already donate to those causes so I don’t need to help each homeless person I see”.
Is this a Biblical attitude? Let’s see what God’s word says:
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” – Isaiah 58:7
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17
“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.” – Jeremiah 22:16
The poor and needy are all around us and should be seen not as a nuisance, but as incredible opportunities to show God’s love. We get the joy and He gets the glory!
Instead of giving cash, my family and I have always kept “blessing bags” in the car. They are cheap, fun to put together, and an awesome example for the kids that we, as Christians, don’t ignore the needs of others.
- 1 gallon Ziploc bag
- Chap Stick
- Juice box
- Bottle of water
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Food items like power bars, cheese and crackers, bagged tuna, canned goods (with pop top), granola, fruit cups, apple sauce, trail mix
- Plastic utensils
- Band Aids
- Small Bible
- Nice personal, encouraging note
- Prepaid phone card
- If it’s cold – gloves, hat
- Cough Drops
Do you do blessing bags? What other items did we miss? Let us know!