Friday, February 15th
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
Have you ever had a moment where you had the opportunity to help someone in need and didn’t? It would be a pretty safe assumption to say that everyone has been in that position at one time or another. What was it that kept you from stepping up to the plate in that instance. It’s easy, after the fact, justify why you didn’t help that stranded motorist, or offer a ride to the person walking down the street in the rain. After all, they could’ve been a serial killer or just wanting to rob you. By the time you get done justifying your non-response you’ve convinced yourself that you had just avoided the clutches of the grim reaper when in actuality, it was probably just someone who had fallen on hard times and could have used a good dose of the love of Jesus. The Good Samaritan didn’t look at things this way. He operated out of love at the expense of his schedule and resources. People are quick to make excuses in order to keep their schedules from being interrupted. “But the world is not a safe place anymore.”, is the excuse you’ll often hear. While this may or may not be true, it’s the perspective that really needs to change. What if people allowed love to lead them to help and let the Holy Spirit tell them no, rather than waiting for a loud voice from Heaven to force them to do good? If the situation that you’re considering stepping into is unsafe or harmful in any way, do you not think that He would warn you? As a believer, your primary motivation should be the love of God leading you to do good, not your fears or lack of convenience. Give the Lord the opportunity to use you rather tying His hands with your fears or lack of compassion. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff