A few days ago I heard about a single mother with 2 small children who needed help. I told my husband about it and we decided to help this family through our ministry, The Believer’s Walk. We find pleasure in giving to others. The Bible says, it’s more blessed to give than to receive and we have found this to be true.
In Luke 10:25-37, we read the Parable of the Good Samaritan. A parable is a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson by comparing it to something from everyday life. Jesus told many parables to make a point, and The Good Samaritan is one of His most famous.
The parable goes like this…A Jewish man was taking a trip alone and was attacked by robbers. They beat him, robbed him of everything he had, and left him to die beside the road. After a time, a Jewish priest came along, saw the poor man and his condition, but crossed over to the other side of the road and kept going pretending not to see. As a religious man, you would think he of all people would stop and help, but he probably needed to get to the temple to preach a sermon on loving thy neighbor (sarcasm intended). Later, a Levite came along. Levites, were assistants to the priests, so you would expect him to stop and help also. The Levite stopped and looked at the man and then he passed by on the other side just like the priest. He too, kept on going. He probably had an important meeting or duties to attend to.
Then, a certain Samaritan as he journeyed came where he was. When he saw the man, he had compassion on him. Even though they both lived in the land of Palestine and shared a similar religion, the Jews and Samaritans did not think of each other as “neighbors.” In fact, they hated each other.
The same is true in our world today. If our neighbor’s skin is a different color, comes from a different background, has a different religion, speaks with an accent, has a lower socio-economic standing than we do, we tend to shun them. We too, pass by on the other side and pretend not to see should they need our help.
Of the three travelers that day in Palestine, you would expect the Samaritan to be the least likely to help. Instead, this Samaritan man actually did something! The Bible says he had compassion on the man. He went to the man and bound up his wounds by pouring in oil and wine. He set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn. He stayed and took care of the man. The next day he left, but before leaving he gave money to the inn keeper. He told him to take care of him and if he had to spend more money than he gave him to provide for his needs, he’d repay him when he came back through.
Sometimes, the least likely person is the one who will help. Have you ever had that to happen? We should love and help the ones who are the least likely to deserve it.
Christ loved us when we were unlovable. He cleansed us when we were sin stained. He fed us when we were hungry. His love covers a multitude of sins. We need to show others Jesus by being Jesus to them. Jesus tells us to go and do the same thing the Samaritan man did in the parable.
I John 4:20 tells us if we love God, we will love others also. Jesus met people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. He had compassion on people. Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering, whereas, pity is the feeling of sorrow caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others. They are similar, but the difference being, compassion wants to help. The Good Samaritan had compassion; the priest and Levite had pity.
I ask you, who needs Jesus? Everyone! Who can you help? Anyone who needs it! You and I can make a difference in someone’s life who is hurting. Jesus breaks down the walls of division between the: races, gender, nationalities, economic status, education and age. He makes us one. Look for someone to help today.