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Help others and the good will grow

How much do all of us help? Do we help people? How can we help people?

Maybe we do more than we think. Maybe we just don’t give enough thought to what we actually do. Most of us would probably say that what we do is small and insignificant but is it really? Maybe not?

Suppose you give at church for the spreading of the gospel. What if that helped just one person come to Christ? Could you really place a dollar value on that? Maybe that person helped someone else. It is even possible that this could grow by leaps and bounds.

In 1956, I entered Caney Junior College in Pippa Passes, Ky., now Alice Lloyd College. This college is stuck down between two mountains, 40 miles from nowhere. My tuition was $10 per semester.

Everyone had to work to run the college. We were poor folks in those mountains. The money came from donations.

Mrs. Lloyd, the founder, gave me a scholarship to the University of Kentucky to finish my degree. The scholarship consisted of a room in the cottage just off campus and $35 per month for food.

I give that others today can be educated.

Matthew in Chapter 25: 35-40 tells us that we gave him food and clothing. We ask where and he tells us that giving to any is a gift to him. Earlier, in Chapter 19, he tells us that good works are not sufficient for salvation.

In Luke 6:35 he says, “But love your enemies, do good for them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

In Luke 15:16-17, Jesus tells us, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. The Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”

Paul writes in I Thessalonians in Chapter 1 and verse 3, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

There isn’t a single one of us who can’t follow these things. Therefore, we are all capable of helping others.

Wayne Blair is the minister of Chester Community Church and wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.