Never ask how they got there … Only ask how you can help …
Growing up as kid, one of the tragedies we had to face in life was when are favorite toy BROKE! It was at this moment when every child runs to their dad asking him to fix it. His response would ultimately dictate the future of that toy. Sometimes the dad doesn’t want to be bothered and simply exclaims, “I’ll buy you a new one…” While that was certainly an acceptable answer, it does not compare to him saying, “Let’s FIX it…” As juvenile and silly as it sound, I’m certainly glad that God is in the “Let’s Fix It” business! The issue with that wonderful exclamation is that often He wants His people to do the work.
How well do we really help those that are broken when God’s Spirit nudges you to? When was the last time we really stopped to help those in need? Far to often we get focused on the story of WHY someone is broken and hurting rather than addressing the real matter at hand: THEIR NEED. One of the most famous accounts in the Bible of helping someone is that of the “Parable of the Good Samaritan”. People that NEVER go to church are familiar with this story. As you know, Jesus tells this parable of a man that went down to Jericho. He was jumped, beaten, and left for dead. Two people walked right over this beaten, broken man. It would take a Samaritan man passing through the way to finally stop and help. Look what the book of Luke teaches:
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. – Luke 10:33-34
Did you notice that not ONE TIME did the Samaritan question him or try to get a good reason for helping? He was not concerned with how this broken man arrived like that, he was concerned ONLY about how he could help. It just goes to show that Jeremiah was right:
Mine eye affecteth mine heart… – Jeremiah 3:51
Jesus throughout Scripture was always MOVED when He visibly saw the needs of people. In all seriousness, everyone knows that no one has to look far to find a “Broken One” . Broken people are in abundance in this world that we live in; Samaritans are the ones few and far between. There are mighty servants of the Lord that currently are down … waiting for you to help get them restored. God doesn’t want to go “buy” someone new; He is the Heavenly Father that likes fixing His people.
Below are the lyrics and a link to a powerful song about helping broken people. Take a look and think about the words … There is someone RIGHT NOW in need of repairs. Let’s go get them!
Love the broken ones, the ones that need a little patchin’ up
See the diamond in the rough and make it shine like new
It really doesn’t take that much, a willing heart and a tender touch
If everybody loved like He does, there’s be allot less broke ones.