If we want abundance in our lives, it comes often in the form of blessings through helping others.
Have you ever heard “The Lord helps those who helps themselves”. While this verse doesn’t appear word for word anywhere in the Bible, there’s plenty of other scripture to back up the phrase, which is actually attributed to Benjamin Franklin. The old saying means we shouldn’t sit idly hoping for a miracle.
Truth is, God helps all of those who ask…even if it isn’t in quite the way we are expecting help.
How many times have you prayed for something and the result wasn’t what you had hoped for?
My own faults and sins are too numerous to count. I haven’t lived in a way that always pleases God and will never be anywhere close to perfection in this lifetime. While I’m working each and every day to improve myself, pay my debts & help those who are close to me… if that’s really the end of my focus, it would actually be terribly selfish.
Whatever we do to serve others around us – even through small acts of kindness – may not impact the world as a whole, yet it can make a positive impact on one more person. On their world. In their life. Isn’t that important? It is also doing The Lord’s work when we serve others.
Not to preach scripture but to illustrate the point, Jesus said:
Inasmuch as you have done unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done unto me. Matt 25:40 KJV
To help other people in whatever way we can is the calling of each and every one of us. Reaching out and serving other people is the greatest act of kindness and love. It’s the greatest example that Jesus Christ gave to us through His ministry on Earth.
So, while it may be true that The Lord helps those who help themselves, He truly and abundantly blesses those who help others.