Having what someone else needs and not giving it is a lack of our faith in God.
James 2:16 And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do?
How often do we see a need, but because we are afraid of being without we don’t give to that need? If we see someone in need of a coat and we even have four or five coats ourselves, do we reason why we need our coats and then not give one of our coats to that need?
Do we reason with judgment, like the guy on the highway with a sign asking for food instead of getting a job?
Can I suggest to you today that, that guy may be unable to work, unable to maybe even get through a day because of his emotional state, his lack of not having Jesus? What if you gave to him and salvation came through the gift you gave?
The Word tells us that if we give it will be given back to us and more besides (Luke 6:38), thus that allows us to give to those in need, freely knowing that your heavenly Father knows what you have done. Know that giving to the poor, is lending to the Lord and He will reward you (Proverbs 19:17) for giving to one of His children in need!
If we would stop looking at the speck in our brother’s eye and be a doer of the Word, then we would be pleasing the Father. Then we would be living by faith and living by faith is the way to be Christ-like.
If we say we believe in God then we have to also believe and agree with what He said!
James 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).