“And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise”
Today’s Morsel: Years ago, one of the early morning shows on television for kids was “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” I personally think that the show was more for parents and adults than it was for the kids, to teach us how to treat each other because kids will only do what they see the parents and adults do. Listening to Pastor Frank Ritchie's devotion, Good Samaritan Church in Wisconsin, at Men’s Camp this year as he spoke of the story of “The Good Samaritan” was challenging to our ministry. Some of the points he stressed were:
· The Samaritan didn’t care who the man was
· He didn’t care where the beating took place
· He didn’t care about what road it happened on
· He didn’t care who beat him
· He didn’t care about what the Priest and the Levites did or did not do
· He didn’t care that the man was left for half-dead
He just saw a man in need and the Samaritan was willing to set aside whatever plans he had to help him. He was willing to forgo his own plans to help. Isn’t this what a good neighbor does? Are you a good neighbor? Isn’t this Jesus' answer to the lawyer's question when he asked Him who was his neighbor? Your neighbor is the person in need.
Sing: Change my heart, O’ God, make it ever true; change my heart, O’ God, may I be like You.
Thought For Today: Who’s your neighbor?