In the story of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan stopped, he served, and then at a significant cost to himself, with no praise or reward from the victim’s family – uses his own supplies, his own vehicle, and his own money to love this guy from near-death to health. After a night of taking care of him – he pays more for him to stay a few more nights. Two silver coins – two full days wages. And he promised more money if the need arose. We often have no problems being generous with ourselves. We buy things – houses, cars, clothes, vacations – tattoos, hair stuff – even education to fit in or feel good. But true generosity? As in, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, I was naked, I was homeless, I was sick and in prison…”? It’s often in the back of our minds and in the secondary columns of our budgets. Through the story of the Good Samaritan Jesus is calling us to be part of His movement of generosity. Calling us to have over-the-top love which moves us to generously serve and give financially to others in need.
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