When asked why he would help someone who had been openly antagonistic towards him, his response was quick and humble. He said helping is what he does.
Paul didn't begin his career helping others. Quite the opposite. Persecution, death warrants. Saul, a.k.a. Paul, was on a rampage to rid the world of those pesky Jesus-followers.
Then, on another business trip to persecute another batch of Christians, the Lord flipped the script. Paul was literally brought to his knees. In short order he experienced the blessings of help and healing from the same people he'd been out to get.
Paul was a quick study. He seemed to understand that obedience and helping others was a win-win-win deal. The person was blessed; God was praised; and he was blessed.
8 While they were at Lystra, they came upon a man with crippled feet who had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. 9 He was listening as Paul preached, and Paul noticed him and realized he had faith to be healed. 10 So Paul called to him, “Stand up!” and the man leaped to his feet and started walking!
Acts 14: 8-10 TLB
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
Luke 6:37-38 MSG
25 Around midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord—and the other prisoners were listening-- 26 suddenly there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open—and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
Acts 16: 25-26 TLB
Here's the thing, Dear Reader: I don't...but the Holy Spirit does. And when we fine tune our hearts to His, we become His ambassadors of blessing and help.
My prayer for you today, Dear Reader, is that you will find yourself right smack in the middle of giving and receiving blessing and help. And that you will never stop being amazed by the many ways God chooses to accomplish both.