“Most of the time, people are far more worried about what someone else will do for them, than what they can do for another. But when you make yourself available to help others, you will be surprised at the blessing you will receive.”

Intro by Edith Ohaja

We live in a very busy age and many people are taking hard knocks every day from illness, poverty, emotional disappointments and other kinds of misfortune. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own struggles and duties that we forget to, as a brother recently put it, “spare a thought for the needy in our midst.” By the needy, we mean here everyone who is battling with something, be it material lack or not.

This article brings us a fresh word and a loving challenge on the foregoing. Read it to reinvigorate your sense of humanity and get a fresh unction to be the extended arms of God to those He places in your path daily.

It is said that talk is cheap but I thank God for the woman of God who wrote this article. Having experienced the indigent life herself in the past, she now assists the homeless in her community.

What can I do for you today?

How often does someone ask you this question? Unfortunately, it is a rare occasion. Most of the time, people are far more worried about what someone else will do for them, than what they can do for another.

God’s Word clearly guides us into helping others. When we help others, we receive the blessing. Often times though, we go forth in our day focusing on our own challenges, tasks and responsibilities. Our eyes are only seeing what we need to do to strive toward our own goals. When we only seek to focus on ourselves, we miss the blessings that God has in store for us.

Reaching out to ask someone what you can do for them is a step toward opening up your heart to allow Jesus’ love to flow through you. Many times people will respond with uncertainty. This is because it is not common to be offered such a blessing of caring. Today’s society has little or no concept of the term “unconditional” with the mindset that nothing is free, including what may be called “unconditional love”. Therefore, people feel that if you’re offering anything, then you must want something in return. This is a sad state of mind to live in.

Show this world that you care by offering one person a helping hand today. Be a blessing. There’s so much we have that we can share with others. It may or may not require a little sacrifice on our part to bring out something for a needy person around us.

Do not put yourself down by saying, “I have no money, I’m not educated. How can I be of help to anyone?” Not everyone is looking for material help. Not everyone has needs that require high education to solve. You may only be asked to pray, or to offer a listening ear. But in doing so, you are sharing the love of Jesus that God desires to pour out through you.

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11


When you make yourself available to help others, you will be surprised at the blessing you will receive. There is a joy that wells up from within you that no problem or adverse circumstances you may be facing can dampen. God will also send help your way, for as Galatians 6:7 assures us, “whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.

But most importantly, when our Lord Jesus returns in glory, you will be among His sheep that He will tell:

“34 … Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 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.” – Matthew 25:34-36.

I want to end this with a prayer that is related to the message of one of Amy Grant’s songs, “My Father’s Eyes”:

Give me, oh Lord, Your kind of eyes to see and respond to the needs of those I meet to the best of my ability. Lord, may I not be uncaring but find the time often to say to someone who really needs it, “What can I do for you today?” I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Cindi Ruiz, also known as “a rambling zealot” is an on-fire, Spirit-filled woman of God. She is a blogger from the state of California in the USA and her blog is uniquely named ramblingsofazealot.wordpress.com. Cindi overcame severe adversity in her personal life and a 40-year drug addiction by the grace and power of the Almighty. She worked previously as a Counselor Intern in the Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse field with Dual Diagnosis clients. Today, she is devoting all of her time to pursuing the call of the ministry and works closely with the homeless population in her community.

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.


  • Thank you my dear sister. Beautifully presented. Glory to God!!

    • Edith Ohaja

      Bless you, my beloved! God will take your ministry higher and higher and reward you greatly in Jesus’ name.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Halleluyah! You’re an inspiration and a blessing. May God uphold you and enlarge your coasts on every side in Jesus’ name.

  • Pamela Johnson

    What a treasured soul. A very beautiful and reflective message that speaks no matter your status in life we can always find ways to serve God in serving others. Thank you so much dear Edith for sharing our treasured sister’s message.

    • Edith Ohaja

      The message is so needful. As it was in the days of Christ, so it is now. Scientific progress and economic progress have not elininated poverty, physical and psychological illness, or sin with its negative consequences. So the helps ministry is always required. Bless you, dear Pamela.

  • Rose Jonathan

    This is indeed inspiring and eye opening. Life is not always about ourselves alone but also about others. If it was all about our interests only, then God wouldn’t have said,’ give and it shall be given unto you’. God bless and illuminate you madam

  • Happiness

    In mery or difficulty, if one pause a while, one will surely behold the thinnest reason for other to praise God through him/her.

  • Cornelius Ellah

    Amen. Thanks for inspiring me.

  • Joshua

    Welcome to 2017 ma.

  • Analike, Vivian U

    Blessed is the hand that giveth than that which taketh. There is joy in giving than in receiving. The Bible made it clear to us that a person who gives is more than the one that receives. People no longer see the importance of helping each other though because of some certain ritual n bad news heard about it but that shouldn’t stop us from helping others, giving arms. At least before we do this, we should pray over our gifts and allow God to do His thing.

  • Anyadubalu Oluchi Maryrose

    Yes! you can always be a blessing to someone no matter how insignificant you may think your help would be. Most times, is not about the money, nor education, its about YOU.

  • Ukamaka Ukaegbu Mirabel

    I usually count it a privilege when ever am in state of rendering helping hands to people in any little way I can, though sometimes the gratitude I get seems to be on the negative. While helping someone we should endeavor not to blow our own whistle, we have to allow God to fulfill his promise of blessing us.

  • Precious

    People no longer see the importance of helping each other though because of some certain ritual n bad news heard
    Helping people is something that gives me joy ..

  • Lynda chisom

    Every christain should cultivate the spirit of giving without expectations,most times people give in order to be praised or to expect something in return,lets be mindful of the fact that our creator knows our intention for helping a brethren out and will bless us according to the intentions.It is a very good thing to put a smile on someones face with the very little thing we have to offer.

  • Henry onyeka

    Wow this piece of writing is something else. Is this your soul talking? Then you must be a nice person. From this small piece I have understood the concept of giving. Giving must not be materialistic, it is just helping in the way you can.

  • Ibekwe Evangeline Chinaecherem

    This is indeed so inspiring and reflective. Life is not always about ourselves but also about others. There is joy in giving than in receiving.

  • Willie Albert Zikiye

    The present generation don’t care about what they can do for others rather, what others can do for them. I pray that God should help our generation to identity the needs of others and not what they can benefit from them.

  • Ezeibe chiamaka

    people usually do not care about the needs of others they only care about their own needs .This kind of attitude is not good because, when you are helping others you are indirectly helping your self. I pray that the Lord help us to show the love of Jesus .

  • Achugwo Larissa

    This post made me think about my selfishness when i saw people in need, but did nothing because “when i was in that position, no one helped”.

  • Just like the saying goes,”the measure you give is the measure you receive”

  • Ojukwu Mmesoma Favour

    Always bring out time for people around you and also help others not expecting any rewards from that as your reward is in heaven.

  • Nnachetam Favour

    Any opportunity to extend a helping hand to the needy is worth grasping. Jesus talked more about giving and helping the needy more than he talked about heaven and hell, to tell you how necessary and important it is. Thanks a lot ma.

  • Bessong Faith Ada

    How we touch peoples life positively should always be our concern. Anyone who gives and impact in people’s lives will never be forgotten by God.

  • Brown Favour Felix

    Thank you Lord for entrusting me with this perfect chance to serve you. Lord please I need your grace and your foresight to know when to help and how to be of help to anyone who needs it and in any point in time in Jesus name I pray.

    Thanks ma.

  • Otti Augusta

    This is just the message we need in today’s world, where everyone thinks their problem is worst,so they can’t be of help to anyone because they too need help too(even when they conveniently can help).

  • Agbo onyekachi obumneme

    Bible said the type of fast God has chosen is not to spread sackcloth and ashes over ourselves disguising are faces for people to know that we are fasting but the kind of fast He has chosen is that we set the oppressed free. Isaiah 58:5-6. In as much as fasting is good, but God value helping the less privileged and others more. Thank you Ma and I pray that God helps me that I will do same- helping others. God bless you and Aunty Edith.

  • Ernest Sixtus

    The message is well inspiring, and is the kind our world today need to digest.
    God has given us the gift of life and the only way we pay Him back is by helping to pull another up, when he or she needs our help the most.
    Though, sometimes we think we can’t help this or the other person, because we are not finance-qualified….. But your help mustn’t necessarily be in cash, it can also take the shape of Kind… Being kind to another person, praying for them, respecting them and others.

  • Agnes

    It is more blessed to give than to receive. We should learn to give more rather than to expect. Everyone needs to see this!

  • Eze chikadibia Joan

    As christians we should love and care for others. Always walk with this mindset that in everyday of your life, you should be a blessing and a source of Joy to others. For it is written,”love your neighbor as yourself”. We shouldn’t blove people or give to expect a return or reward from them because when we take care of ourselves we don’t expect reward form ourselves. Therefore, keep giving, keep making yourself available to others and trust me , there is a great reward that awaits you from the Father.

  • Oleighibe Oluebube Tessy

    I do like this write up. I think I’m part of those people who believe that nothing is gotten freely, therefore nothing should be give freely, after all nothing is free not even in free town. But thanks to this post my mindset is change. I’ll do my best to reach out to people and be a blessing to them without expecting things in return from them. God bless you Ma for sharing this post with us.

  • Ezidimma odinakachukwu oluchukwu

    Wow what I wonderful post I must say. I gave never really asked someone what I will do for them and I have always had this notion of people doing a favour to get something in return but as I have read this post I have come to realize that as a child of God we should let the love of God flow by doing something for someone today!

  • ugwu lilian

    Very inspiring ma,reading this post has made me realize that showing love to someone isn’t always about material things, that there are people out there who just need one to care for them, someone to talk to. And also I too will cultivate the habit of helping others without waiting for something in return.

  • Mirian Ndawe

    A wonderful message indeed, people of this age put themselves first before others, it is easier to worry about who will solve your problems than whose problem you will solve. Most often we tend to forget the true meaning of humanity and this is very wrong.

  • This post brings to mind what some of us take for granted. Reaching out to the needy is an important aspect of Christianity which we tend to neglect, even when it comes to praying most times we ask God for things we need, some of us have a very long list of items, but we don’t stop to ask God, what would thou that I do for you?, we might say that we cant give God anything, but he would really appreciate it if we show love to others, help the less privileged, visit the sick, teach kids lagging behind in their studies, give words of encouragement to those in need of it, in essence putting smiles on people’s faces. Thanks for this Cindi, I’ve been blessed.

  • Thomas Rebecca Ina

    What a beautiful message.
    The Human race has lost being humane, no love, concern or care.
    This kind of message is one that must stick to our minds cause a helping hand we must be.

  • Dike Gerad

    Really, we always have something with which to help another. We just have to absorb the pain of sacrificing our time or anything which is the mark of charity itself.

  • Such a beautiful piece. I learnt to lend a helping hand, not because I have much but because i always feel blessed while doing that.. Many people are passing through a lot of things ,, BE THEIR PEACE OR KEEP QUIET. Don’t add more problems to the one they already have. God bless you

  • Idika Uloma Sophia

    Wow! I think i love this. It’s so inspirational. Nothing gives me joy than when am helping someone who is in need. It gives me so much happiness, and that why I love listening to Lucky Dube’s song titled Blessed is the hand that giveth, than the one that taketh. It’s always good to render a helping hand to the needy. You don’t have to wait until you are satisfied with yourself before doing that, because someone people will say let me be okay first, before looking for someone else to give. It must not necessarily be financial help. There are other ways we can show kindness. Thanks to cinnie and to my wonderful ma’am for this post. God bless you both.

  • Richards Orighomisan

    Until we realize that by serving others we serve God, it would be easier for us to be kind to others even our enemies. May God help us all IJN, Amen

  • Augustine elaigwu

    the question proceeds from a heart ready for charity. when we expect to do for others and not them doing for us, we can hardly be disappointed.

  • Chilaka Vivian

    The eyes to see what help I can offer to someone else and yet not demand anything from them. It’s only one who helps with the mind of Christ that can receive reward.

  • You are an inspiration.
    I’ve just realized that serving God comes in different ways, helping people, showing love to others and sharing the word of God can change someone’s life. I pray that God will give us the grace to carry on with his works.

  • Alaedu Chioma Gloria

    We can also serve God by helping others
    Thank you for this ma. God bless you.

  • Chukwukanne chinecherm winner

    Interesting, The message passed in this is undoubtedly one that everyone needs to hear and practice. Caring and showing even the littlest of love to someone in need can do as much as saving a soul.

  • Chukwukanne chinecherem winner

    The message passed here is indeed inspiring, most people do not understand that the littlest of kindness shown to a person can do so much as saving his or her life. God’s love is conditional and we all should try and emulate this love as much as we can. This one will not only bring peace but also build us in all aspects.

  • Nice article ma, life is not just all about receiving, receiving.There is joy in giving too.

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