THE CALL TO GIVE

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.

THE CALL TO SERVE

If the Samaritan had just stopped – pulled out his iPhone and taken a pic (#sadstories) and then moved on, the effort would’ve been pointless. The Samaritan’s next move was the hardest – cuz it was the messiest, most exhausting – and the most dangerous. As a Samaritan, many would’ve made him the prime suspect in the attack. But when you’re suddenly human to human – close enough to smell someone’s breath and their BO – and get contaminated with their blood – the reality of serving is painfully clear. Suddenly your knowledge of first aid is called into use. Your full strength is needed to put him on a mule. And your nurturing instincts, as you care for him overnight, are greatly needed. There would be lots of reasons not to act, but God is calling us now to to love our neighbour as ourselves and to serve others generously. Mom’s especially know all about this.

THE CALL TO STOP

It seemed like Jesus always had people (especially the religious ones), trying to trip Him up. The day Jesus told one of His greatest, most memorable stories, was no different. Three men saw a guy beaten on the side of the road. The road was narrow – he was hard to miss. The first two – religious professionals – left this guy to bleed and likely die where he lay. Then a Samaritan, a supposed enemy of the Jews came along. He stopped – unlike the other two who saw who passed by. This was compassion in action. Right in the busyness of life. Right when you have lots to do – and would rather not get involved. Love – generous love – causes you to stop. Generous love causes you to get involved.