To my shame, I have done this many times. There are so many excuses I have thrown at an opportunity; ‘I don’t have time right now.’ ‘The person looks like they will reject me.’ ‘I just can’t handle that type of person’ and on and on.
Most of us are familiar with this story; “Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side” (Luke 10:30–32).
I am sure both the priest and Levite were busy, but is that an excuse for leaving someone in the condition this man was found in? Was avoiding this man a religious prohibition or was it just because they did not want to get involved in something that would cost them something?
Helping others in any way will cost you something, if not everything. It cost Jesus His life! What makes the difference is knowing why God has brought you into contact with this person. For any believer, every situation has a purpose, unless you are acting in sin and rebellion against God’s design for that moment. The Samaritan did not ask how much it would cost before getting involved. He didn’t even get permission from the man who had been robbed. The Samaritan just thought through the long-term needs of what this man would face.
Are you proving “to be a neighbor to the man” or woman in their need? While all people have physical needs, eternal needs are far more important and must be met with urgency.
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