At one time or another, everyone has been in the situation where they were looking for help but found that somehow they were not qualified.
Earned too much money
Didn’t earn enough money
Was not a refugee
Not a veteran
Not a minority or wrong race
Not enough education
Too much education
Lived in wrong geographical area (Zip Code)
The list goes on. None the less, programs always have a particular criteria for qualification. In social programs provided by the government or by faith based organizations, one much pass through the hurdles in order to become qualified.
The bottom line is this when it comes to solving your problem. There is no program that remedies your flight, your situation.
Enter our Lord, Jesus. Jesus does not offer a program per se. Jesus is a people person. His basic qualification process is a simple one where you admit to being a sinner and needing God to control your life. That is it.
Next comes one-to-one assistance as Christ then walks with us through the journey of our problems and provides solutions. There are no hoops to jump, no real criteria other than being human, and no being good enough or any check sheet of past histories. All are qualified who seek help.
And this should teach Christians and the church something about service to others. With programs, people will seep through the cracks.
Too, nothing compares to one-to-one personal service to God’s children. Face to face ministry solves the shortcomings of programs. Also, programs at times can be extremely impersonal, cold and removed from human experience and emotions. Programs and their hoops can weigh down people so much that they are in fact nothing more really than back breakers and spirit breakers—the very opposite of their intent.
Following the example of Jesus is the first route we should embrace. Where programs are designed by human, just as with anything else we have, we will have blemishes and failures. One to one encounters cannot fail if trust is firmly embedded with Jesus for He promises to help.
With Jesus, there is no longer the answer, Sorry there is nothing for you.