Proverbs 3:27-29 (The Message)
27 -29 Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person. Don't tell your neighbor "Maybe some other time" or "Try me tomorrow" when the money's right there in your pocket. Don't figure ways of taking advantage of your neighbor when he's sitting there trusting and unsuspecting.
The Message Translation of the Bible puts this proverb into simple English, help those who need help, because our hands are God’s hands. We are to look for opportunities to serve others when possible and we are not to take advantage of their trust.
Recently a college softball game made the news as one team demonstrated unprecedented sportsmanship. There were two girls already on base as Sarah Tucholsky walked up to the plate. She took the first pitch as a strike, but on the second pitch she did something she had never done before. She hit the ball over the fence for what looked like a 3 man homerun. As she ran towards first base she missed placing her foot on the bag as she watched the ball sail way beyond the fence. Knowing she had to touch first base she stopped quickly to turn around and that is when she twisted her knee and collapsed to the ground in pain. The rules of the game state no one from the player’s own team can assist the player around the bases. So everyone watched as Sarah crawled through the dirt and pain back to first base. The umpire’s only option was to state a substitute could be placed on first base, but the home run would be lost. Sarah’s first and only homerun would become non-existent. Then the first baseman asked the umpire a question, “What if the opposing team carried her around the bases?” The umpire responded there was not rule regarding the other team helping. In a selfish act the other team picked up Sarah, carried her to each base, and allowed her to touch the base to redeem her homerun. The field became silent and the fans filled with tears as they watched such a selfish act take place. “Those girls did something awesome to help me get my first home run," Sarah said. "It makes you look at athletes in a different way. It is not always all about winning but rather helping someone in a situation like that." Christ put Himself aside for the sake of others. Selfishly He could have avoided the cross, but He reached out to us to help carry us into heaven. When others need help we need to reach out with the hands of Christ just as Christ reached out to us.