When God Puts Someone In Your Life That Needs Help … Don’t Call Someone Else, YOU Bless them.

I love ministry, I really do. But one of my pet peeves is people calling me to do their ministry for them. When God puts someone in your life that needs loving, serving or ministering to … YOU do it.  If you need help, I’ll help you … but you try it first. For example, I never mind people calling me and saying, “Can you go check on my neighbor, he’s just had surgery.” I don’t mind one bit, but I must warn you, if you call me and ask me to go check on someone I will ask you, “Have you visited with him first?”  If you say, “No,” I will tell you, “God put him on your heart and in your life for a reason. You go check on him first and then I’ll be more than happy to check on him after that.”

Don’t ask me to do something that God is wanting you to do.

This also happens on a regular basis when we have a homeless person come though our community. It’s not unusual for someone to call me and say, “There is a homeless man out here at McDonalds, can you come see if he needs anything?” I regularly respond with, “I’ll be happy to, right after you ask him if he needs some lunch or something else first.”  I’m not being lazy or mean, I just want people to stretch in their faith and do things that might make them a little uncomfortable.

Recently this really hit home when one  Sunday afternoon my 16 year old son made a trip to Walmart to pick up some things for his mom. Not long after he left he sent me the following text message…

CONNOR: “Dad, there’s a homeless man sitting out here at Walmart.” 

ME: “Awesome, see what he needs and I’ll be right out.” 

CONNOR: “ME?!?”

ME: “Yes … you. God put him in your life … you can help him.” 

CONNOR: “I am helping him.” 

ME: “Great, in what way?”

CONNOR: “I’m helping him by sending YOU a text message and telling you to come help him.” :)

I couldn’t help but laugh at Connor because I knew this was out of his comfort zone. He has been with me many times when we’ve picked up homeless people and given them rides or help … but he’s never been the one doing the helping. After a little encouragement Connor bought him a bottle of water and by the time I got out to Walmart he was gone. I was proud of my son and his willingness to show love to someone that made him a bit uncomfortable. I hope he remembers what Jesus said in Matthew 10, “And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”

How about you? Where can you stretch in your faith this week and minister to someone else?

 

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Trey Morgan tagged this post with: Read 1164 articles by
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  1. Betty McCarty says:

    I agree with you. However, what about safety issues? We previously lived in Florida down near Gainesville. Many times over the years we have heard of someone picking up a hitchhiker and later being killed (especially a woman). What are your thoughts on this?

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Betty …

      I understand your concern. It’s a great concern. I’m not just talking about the homeless here, but the people that live down the street that need groceries, the lady at work that needs someone just to listen to her talk, or the new couple at church that needs someone to invite them to into their home.

      As for my thoughts on women picking up a hitchhiker, you are right, I wouldn’t want my wife stopping by herself to pick someone up she did not know. BUT I would expect her to roll down her window and help a man with a sign standing on the corner of an intersection. Or if she saw a man sitting outside of Walmart, handing him some water or a bag of snacks.

      Hope that helps. Great question.

  2. Jenny says:

    Wow! You rock!! I totally agree 100%! We have a homeless guy in our area that I see from time to time when I am out and about and when we don’t see him I always wonder where he is and if he is ok but when we see him 99% of the time we stop and give him some food and/or a drink. I was sooo proud of my daughter when one day we had seen him and we had just gotten some starbucks and she was like mom we have to give him some food, makes my heart melt that she is saying this stuff, also lets me know that I am doing something right, anyways so she goes and gives him some food and she did not have much of her drink left and really wanted him to have more to drink soooo hahaha she totally took some of her friends drink, poured it in hers and gave it to him!! I am such a proud momma that she has no troubles going up to this guy and helping him out! I put him on our prayer wall at my church too :)

  3. Ed says:

    If everyone did their part in helping the homeless, perhaps there wouldn’t be any homeless, right? God bless you and your family Trey. I will reblog this on my own blog!

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  5. Franklin Wood says:

    Trey, you are so right. I wish it hadn’t taken me 10 years in youth ministry to learn this! In fact, I think we ought to teach all our ministry students the importance of…
    - …avoiding burnout and increasing their influence.
    - …making disciples that radiate instead of implode.
    Thanks for the thoughts.

  6. luca says:

    We had a homeless person in our neighbourhood and me and my dad passed by. He asked for some change, my dad gave him $100!!! Weve never seen someone so happy and just skip away with joy like that. Until the next day, me and my dad saw him with a shopping cart filled with 30 cases of beer. My dad was heartbroken and since then, he never gave money ever again

  7. Joel says:

    I’m working on this right now…trying to stretch myself to answer the service calls God is putting on my path. Sometimes I tell myself I don’t have time to show up for these people (opportunities). When I step back though, and look at where my time is really going, I see time spent on some pretty frivolous things. It’s confusing sometimes in this culture cause I feel like I’m constantly being bombarded with messages that self centeredness and instant gratification will bring me happiness. I know in my heart I feel the most fulfillment when I am being of service. I just have to remember that!

  8. Joel says:

    Hey Luca,
    I know it can be hard to know how to give to someone with an active addiction issue, but I think there are usually ways to get around it…. Like giving food, water, blankets, etc. I rarely give large sums of money for the same reason you spoke about. That has happened to me too.

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