So many people suffer in our world today, and we want to help them. I have personally been cut to the heart several times just thinking about how many people are hurting in the rest of the world and how well we live in the United States. This is a wonderful feeling (the feeling that we should help them), and while God applauds it, I recently realized that helping in their physical life is not all that we can do for someone; nor is it all that God wants us to do. God does have another task for us here.
The other thing that I refer to is the task to spread the Gospel. Matthew 28:18-20 says:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus does want us to help people and relieve their suffering on this earth, of course, but that is not our main duty here. Our first priority is to lead others to Christ.
I certainly do not mean that we should simply ignore assisting those who are in need. Far from it! We are instructed to do this also, and helping someone can often open up an opportunity to share our faith. But to focus only on making someone’s physical life easy and happy would not only be disobedient to God; it would be cruel to that person that we help.
Imagine that someone claims that they want to help you and, to all appearances, they do. Later you realize that this person had something that they should have told you, and because they chose not to tell you, you are seriously hurt.
This is exactly the same thing that we do if we choose to not tell someone about our faith while professing to aid them. They would assume that we are doing everything we can to help them and would not know how much they need God. That would make us disobedient and could send someone to eternal suffering. As harsh as that sounds, it is very much true.
I certainly do not mean that you will not have done anything for someone if they reject you if you witness to them. If someone rejects you if you witness to them, continue to pray for them, but if they continue to reject you, you will have done all that you can do. I mean, though, that when you feel particularly called by God to help someone or a group of people, you should prayerfully follow that calling. Remember, though, that even while you can help everyone you know and make their lives easy and happy, if you do not help them in their spiritual life (by praying and sharing your faith with them), your kindness to them will be for nothing in the end.