'What I do have I give you.' Acts 3:6 NKJV
Notice two things in this story. First: it's important to know what you have and don't have. 'We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good' (Romans 12:6-9 NIV).
Second: learn to recognise the difference between what people want and what they truly need. Sometimes they need to be strengthened; other times they need to be stretched. Sometimes they need comfort, not correction; other times they need correction, not comfort. This lame man didn't need a handout - he needed a hand up. And that's what Peter gave him. 'He took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength' (Acts 3:7 NKJV).
So, in order to help people you must love them, recognise what they need, know what you have to offer, and connect with them at the point of their need.
Soulfood: 2 Ki 18:17-20:21 Mt 25:1-23 Ps 115 Pro 8:1-3,