I wish I could say differently, but that's has been my response far too many times! I would imagine, if you're honest, you'd say the same.
What's worse is that often we see the needs of people and do very little about them. As a matter of fact, most of us will simply assume that someone else will help. We think that surely someone else is more helpful, more generous, more capable and more compassionate than we are. We, most of us without realizing, just rely on others to do what we should be doing. Or, if you're really a "devoted Christian" you're response is...."I'll pray for them!"
You may not realize it, but we are being selfish, lazy and sinful in these moments. God sent his son to die for us. He gave His life to give us hope, wholeness, forgiveness and freedom from condemnation! (See Romans 8 ) He left us with the charge of caring for the sick, the needy and the abandoned of this world. He ask us to show His unfailing, unconditional love after He left. As a matter of fact, He told us to love others as we love ourselves! (See Matthew 22:38, James 1:27 & James 5:14)
Probably the most compelling passage to me is in Proverbs. These verses speak to me like none other. These verses call us to action and do not allow us to excuse our laziness, sinfulness and selfishness.
It's Proverbs 3:27-28 " Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor, “Maybe some other time,” or, “Try me tomorrow,” when the money’s right there in your pocket."
Plus, this should drive it home even further and compel us to change our response! "Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.' " Matthew 25:40
What will you do the next time you're faced with someone in need?
Will you give to them?
Will you do everything in your power to meet their needs?
How would you react if you knew it was Jesus you were directly serving? (Cause that's the truth even if you don't accept it!)