We all get the warm and fuzzy’s when we do a good deed. Our hearts swell with pride. We feel satisfaction in knowing we’ve made a difference in someone else’s day. As Christians, we know that taking care of our fellow human beings is exactly what the Creator wants us to do. As I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, I noticed a video on my friend’s page called, “What Would You Do?” It is a popular news segment that uses hidden cameras to catch someone in the act of helping their fellow man. In the segment, a man who was portraying a veteran home from deployment was short on cash in the grocery checkout line. He was buying diapers and baby food for his child. His credit card was declined, and he didn’t have enough cash to cover the $30.00 grocery bill. He began to put things away to get the total down. Several people offered to make up the difference, commenting they were doing it because they were thankful for his service, wanted to do a good deed, and some helped because they too had been in the same situation. All wonderful reasons to help someone in need. But one person had an entirely different reason for helping.
She was an old woman, poorly dressed, and scraping through her tattered purse to find whatever she could. She pulled out $3.00 worth of cash that was all crumpled and tattered. In faith, she handed over the $3.00 stating, “God will provide. I also have to have enough to pay for mine.” The actor then turned to her and asked, “Ma’am, why would you do that?” She smiled, shook her head, and in her hoarse, yet sweet voice she stated,
“Because I have the love of God in me! God is good. He’ll make up the difference.”
I couldn’t help but praise God at that moment and ask Him to bless that sweet woman, wherever she may be, for giving all the glory to Him. “Because I have the love of God in me.” I love that.
1 John 3:17 states, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
The lady in the video had a tiny bit of “the world’s goods” yet in faith, sacrificed it for another person. I loved the total surrender she possessed. She KNEW God would provide, not only for the man but her as well. How many times do we close our hearts to those in need thinking we simply do not have enough to offer? Do you understand the root of this act? Is it about the money we give, or having enough of it? Is it about making others comfortable in this world and providing earthly needs? Dig deeper, sisters. God is teaching us something important. We must see this situation through the eye of God and remember our purpose as His children. We are to love God and love others. Through this love, Christ will be revealed. We don’t give to make someone’s life easier. We give because we want them to feel God. The heart-wrenching, warm and fuzzy, goosebumps moment came when she stated she gave because she had the love of God in her. This. This is why we give. We want to touch souls. God is in the soul business, and we are to be in this business too.
I want to challenge each of us to put this sweet lady’s example into practice. When you give, make sure your motive is to praise God in faith that He will touch the recipient’s heart. How do we do this? Give God the glory. Try to shy away from phrases such as, “I just wanted to help you out.”, “Just take this as my kind deed for the day, pass it on.”, and “I’ve been there, I want to help.” ALL of these are wonderful reasons, and all of these things will truly touch the recipient. But remember your purpose. You are in the soul business. You are opening the door for God to work miraculous things in their hearts. Make sure they know you are giving because, as the woman stated, “I have the love of God in me. God is good.” This is something God will use to shake souls to the core. Be prepared to be His instrument after you reveal His glory.
“It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13