Acts 10: 1-4
1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, 2 a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” 4 And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.
Yes, this means we should help with money when needed, but we should also help the poor spiritually, mentally, and physically. When you look around in your daily life, and you see those who have not accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, they are the spiritually poor. These people can be helped in many ways, and two of the ways are prayer and being a good example.
The mentally poor are constantly making bad decisions. We all do this, but the mentally poor do not realize the weight of their bad decision. We should reach out to them and help them by offering good advice as to what they could do instead of making the bad decision. Ask God for the wisdom to be able to help them in the way you should.
The physically poor are the older people or those with an illness. Even those who are normally strong enough to do certain things may have a temporary setback. We can help these people by offering them help doing yard work, help them carry groceries at the store, even as simple as holding the door for someone. There are many ways to help the physically poor, and I truly believe that we should help them.
In Matthew 25:35-45 it says:
“35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “
As it says in this verse, “whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” By helping the poor, you have pleased God, but if you refuse to help the poor, you refuse God. I encourage you to think on these things.