Have you ever wished for someone to come along and lift a weight off your shoulders?
We all need help from time to time. Sometimes, we need help getting something off a high shelf or carrying groceries in from the car. There are days we need someone to babysit our kids or run an errand for us. But then, there are seasons when our need for help is much deeper. When we need a friend who will stand by our side and speak words of life over our souls.
In Luke 10 Jesus tells about a man who was attacked physically by robbers. He was brutally beaten and left on the side of the road alone and half dead.
As the man lay there bleeding and needing help, a priest came by. Perhaps the wounded man thought, “someone to help me.” But the priest passed by on the other side and ignored him.
A short time later, a Levite came by, and he too passed by the man. Offering no help.
But then, a Samaritan, who would have been despised by many, saw the man and immediately stopped. He went to the man, cleaned his wounds, bandaged them, and then took the man to an inn where he could be cared for until he was completely well. This Samaritan gave his own money to pay for the wounded man’s care.
Help. The wounded man needed it. The lady down the street needs it. The girl in the cubicle across the room needs it. The mom in the carpool line needs it.
God has called us to cross the lines of our comfort zones and carry the wounded to His feet. To acknowledge the hurting and give humbly to see others set free.
Here are three ways we can begin living out our call to be like the good Samaritan:
Look – For Jesus ministry was the person right in front of Him. It’s no different for us today. People are in need all around us. Let’s determine to intentionally discover the needs of others and do what we can to help.
Listen – Our hearts tend to tumble out through our words when we talk. Listen closely when someone is speaking, and then ask God how He wants you to share His love. You and I won’t be able to do everything, but we can do something – and that something just might make a world of difference for someone.
Love – Matthew 9:36 says, “When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Compassion doesn’t wait. It does what it can, right where it is.
We all need help at times. As we think about the words “look, listen and love” how might you and I be the answer to someone else’s cry for help?
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You and I will never be able to reach every person in this world. We weren’t meant to. But we can increase our reach by supporting organizations like Karama that are going places we may never be able to visit.
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Deadline for entry is Sunday, November 5.