Are We Not All Beggars? – Mosiah 4:16-19

16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

When I read these verses, I think of the beggars I often see on the street near the building where I work. As uncomfortable as it is to interact with them, I know that King Benjamin’s words are true: they are our brothers and sisters, and we cannot simply ignore them. We must be willing to share the blessings we have been given, including our time, talents, and money, with those who are less fortunate than us.
Today, I’m also thinking about other situations in which I encounter “beggars” on a daily basis. 
  1. At work, there are people who need my time but whom I do not enjoy meeting with. Do I avoid those meetings or fail to give them my full attention when I do meet with them? They need my help, just as I need other people’s help to achieve my goals, and I ought to show them the same respect I expect others to show me when I am in need.
  2. When my children ask for help, am I quick to drop what I’m currently working on and give them the assistance they need? Most of the time, when they ask me to help them, I’m in the middle of something. It is easy for me to say, “I’m busy right now. Wait until I’m finished.” Maybe that’s the right answer sometimes, but in light of King Benjamin’s counsel, I wonder if I could more frequently postpone my own project in order to focus on my childrens’ priorities.
Today, when I am asked for help, I will remember King Benjamin’s admonition to “succor those that stand in need of [my] succor.” I will remember that I am also a beggar, and that a true disciple of Christ will follow His example of compassionate service to those who are in need of help.

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