A Hand Up

I think that I have great compassion for people, but I don’t believe in carrying the able-bodied. If you are able, then stand up and begin handling your responsibilities.  Dependence can empower a lazy lifestyle and reinforce a mindset of poverty.

We all have encounter the beggars on the street holding signs saying, “I need help.”

What do you do when they encounter you?  Some people ignore them and avoid eye contact all together.


In Acts chapter 3, the apostles Peter and John were on their way into a temple prayer service when they encountered a beggar who was lame from birth. Every day, somebody carried this poor man from his shack to the gate outside the temple.

The beggar only wanted money and a handout. Jesus knew that he really needed a hand up.

So, Peter and John looked directly at him.

Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

When we encounter the grace and person of Jesus Christ, He alone takes us from broken down to break through, so we can help other people also break out of their paralyzing and painful circumstances.

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