As we move into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, ample opportunities will arise to be selfish or generous, to turn a blind-eye to the needs of others or to take action to help out, or  to be a hoarder or a giver.

In Luke 10, Jesus told the story of The Good Samaritan. My guess is you are somewhat familiar with the story.
Luke 10: 30-37: In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’ 36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

If you remember the story well, before the Samaritan came along and helped the hurting traveler, two others walked by and saw the man but chose to keep walking. In this passage, we always remember the Good Samaritan, but we pay little attention to the other two individuals who simply passed him by.

The truth is, no one would remember the Good Samaritan if he had not taken action steps to help the hurting man. If the traveler had only good intentions without intentional actions to help, he would have been forgotten. That is why Jesus closed the story by saying, “Go and do likewise!”

Is there someone with a need in your life? How can you help?

Don’t just think about it…take action, and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton
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