Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to love our
neighbor as ourselves. Jesus defines this for us in the parable of The Good
Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). In response to a challenge from a lawyer, Jesus
relates the well-known story of the Jewish man that was beaten by thieves on
the road and left for dead only to be passed by twice by other Jews who were
unwilling to help him. Finally a Samaritan, a group of people despised by Jews
at the time (and vice versa), stopped and dressed the man’s wounds, put him on
his donkey and brought him to the nearest inn where he paid for his care, food
and lodging and told the innkeeper if more expenses were incurred in his care,
he would pay those too.
Jesus’ message here is that our neighbors are all of
humanity, including our enemies. We are to help those in need, regardless of
how they may have gotten to such a state and even if we disagree with their
lifestyle choices, etc. We give out of obedience and gratitude, because much
has been given to us – without our deserving it. Go and serve God by serving
someone else today! Thanks for reading, please comment below.
*Luke 10:29, NASB
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We give of ourselves out of gratitude for what has been given to us.
Any Christian charitable endeavour must be undertaken by first remembering who we are in Christ. We are children of the One and Only God, Creator of the Universe. We are so because of what He did for us without our deserving it. He came to this fallen world to live among us as a human being and emptied Himself for us, taking on the punishment that we deserved and dying so that our sins could be forgiven and we could be declared righteous in His eyes; doing good does not make us more Holy to God – He declared us righteous, forgave our sins and gave us eternal life simply because He wished to – because of His love for us.
God also gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit who guides and transforms us. God did not question why we as individuals are broken or why we sin. He only acted out of our need for a savior; it is by faith that we are saved – while we are sinners. So in turn, out of gratitude for what God has given us, we are energized to give to others, to show the world what God’s love looks like and to fulfill God’s command to help those less fortunate than us.
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