Luke 10:33-37 – "But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." (NIV)
In simple terms, the directions from my doctor, on a single sheet, said, "Do not eat any solid food today, and do not drink anything after midnight." That got my attention! Who does he think that he is? I am accustomed to three meals per day, every day — not huge meals (I'm not overweight) — but I'm used to three meals per day. Then it hit me: "Lord, half the world never ever gets three meals per day, and here I am complaining about missing one day, and that for health reasons!"
But that wasn't the end of it. God was into my inner being. "What about that nice house?" God knew that I knew that I live on the extreme outer fringes of the area where the massive storm Katrina devastated the southern United States last year. He knew that folks fleeing the storm came to our town seeking refuge. I bought some food and helped the shelter but did not offer a room in my nice house.
I remember the massive earthquake that used to be halfway around the world from my little town. Today, it seems to be across the street.
Right here in our little town, my wife has gone to help in our church's food bank. The people served by the food bank live from week to week on canned products — never seeing a steak or seafood platter.
Likely there is not a neighbourhood in the world that does not have a need for someone who will be a loving, caring, sharing person to meet desperate needs, not with acts that attract the attention of the world, but with simple acts that meet the needs of the few. Can God count on us?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for using such simple means to draw us to Yourself and to teach us Your lessons. Make us today into Good Samaritans in our towns. Amen.