You know the words: “If there is ever anything I can do for you, all you need to do is call.” We also know that when and if we call, that same readiness to help sometimes isn’t there. That’s not always the case, but it happens often enough that we can be reluctant to ask for help. On the other hand, there are people who take advantage of those who are generous. They stand at traffic lights with a sign like “Homeless and hungry, can you help?” It is very difficult to drive by as our conscience fights within us. But we also know that many are just looking for handouts instead of working for a living.
When we see a genuine need, such as someone lying on the street, or a family near to us that has suffered a great tragedy, we cannot simply send condolences and think we have done our part. It always depends on the circumstance and your particular position toward the problem. But if we see someone who is naked or destitute of daily food, we must act. Words are not enough; action counts. James wrote it is not enough to say, “Go and be warmed” to one who is cold. What we actually do is what counts (James 2:15-17 James 2:15-17 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
American King James Version×). Faith without works is dead. We cannot care deeply and do nothing. Use wisdom, but when the need is obvious and real, get into action.