I am not a spontaneous person at all, so when it comes to giving spontaneously to someone holding a sign at a traffic light asking for money, I need God’s help! Without it, I’m tempted to jump to judgment, or the light will turn green while I’m still praying and processing if He wants me to give and how much!
I wanted to be a spontaneous giver, so I began asking God to make me one. Ironically, the Lord answered my prayers by showing me how to prepare to give spontaneously!
I find it thoughtful that the Lord took my planner-personality into consideration to give me the following list!
- Be prepared! I keep a modest amount of $1 bills in my wallet weekly, so when there is someone at the traffic light, parking lot, on a street corner, or a bell ringer at a red kettle this time of year, I am prepared to give.
- Just do it! Do not question the situation. Do not pass up the opportunity.
- Judge not! God knows who is poor and needy, not I.
- Pray! Everyone can use prayer.
I have a friend who keeps a supply of gift cards rather than cash to give and that’s good, too.
If you wrestle with giving spontaneously to strangers asking for money, pray and ask the Lord what He wants you to do. You may be able to do more than $1 or like my friend you can afford to give a meal gift card. Or maybe God wants you to hand them a tract sharing the plan of salvation. Whatever God lays on your heart, I encourage you to be prepared to give spontaneously at the next opportunity.
Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. Proverbs 14:31.