In the parable of the sheep and the goats, the sheep are almost unaware of all the times that they helped another in need. The acts of sharing love and offering care were just such a natural part of their lives that they didn’t notice how often they were in ministry to others. I can almost seeing the lightbulb going off as they realized how much they had come to be like Jesus.
For many of us, it can be hard to help someone else as an equal. The danger is in wanting to think how good we are for helping someone who is less fortunate that ourselves. It is so important to avoid the power relationship that we can so easily perceive. Jesus met each person right where they were at and offered what He could then and there. We are called to do the same.
When we encounter someone in need, the attitude we choose makes such a difference. To offer empathy and understanding and encouragement, to give purely out of love, is what is expected. If we can empower them as well, all the better. Often a person wants to offer something and maybe it is as simple as sweeping the walk. Maybe it is offering them a gift card to a store instead of showing up with a bag full of clothes and toys that you thought their children would like. Either way, when we approach the situation as Jesus would, then we are starting with a good heart and pure motives. Trust Him to guide you from there!
Scripture reference: Matthew 25: 31-46