There is a corner that I pass almost every day and it’s a prime spot for panhandlers. Their signs often read homeless, need food, need money, and will work for food. I’ve helped some when I feel the Spirit nudging, never giving money but I have given food.
My concern has always been whether or not they are really in need. I’ve watched some of them “change shifts”. They walk a block down to the local grocery store, climb into a car nicer then mine, another person climbs out with the sign and takes his post on the corner. I’ve also seen one holding the sign while playing on his iPhone.
This morning the in need guy is standing in a Santa outfit. Not a dirty, I found this in the dumpster, Santa outfit, but a new or very clean Santa outfit. White beard, white hair, black boots, back belt, red coat, red pants, red hat and black gloves. I wondered where he get it and what money did he use? Was Santa truly hungry?
As I began questioning how this man got a Santa outfit I thought of Satan. He loves imitations. To obscure the truth in a way we become so calloused we don’t help anyone. I’m not saying this man was without need, I don’t know, but he did make me think of the needy. I wonder if some of them are overlooked because of the impostors out there.
So how do you know who to help? There are many great organizations to give to. I also know that if you’re in tune with the Holy Spirit, He can guide you. When I see someone struggling and my heart begins to pound and the Spirit tells me to do something, I do it.
In this holiday season we will come across many impostors that Satan has set before us to callous our hearts to the true needy but lets not let him. Instead, lets get out there and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Santa may just need food.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of min, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40