How To Help People (2)

“What I do have I give you.”                                         Acts 3:6 NKJV

Notice two things in this story.  First: It’s important to know what you have and don’t have.  “Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you.'”  You must become comfortable in your own skin and confident in your calling.  Paul writes: “Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without…trying to be something we aren’t.  If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them.  Keep a smile on your face.  Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it” (Romans 12:6-9 TM).  Second: Learn to recognize the difference between what people want and what they truly need. Sometimes  they need comfort, not correction; other times they need correction, not comfort.  This lame man didn’t need a handout–he needed a hand up.  And that’s what Peter gave him.  “He took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (Acts 3:7 NKJV).   So in order to help people you must love them, recognize what they need, know what you have to offer, and connect with them at the point of their need.

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today