We have all heard the parable “The good samaritan” right? You have a person that is beaten, left for dead and many others passed by like he was not even there. The Bible says that even a Preist, someone that is supposed to show compassion did not come to his aid. The Preist did not obey his calling today, he failed his test. Then you have the Levite that got so close that he may have made eye contact with the injured but, he hurriedly went the other way.
So what do you think this poor injured man was thinking? Was he thinking am I that unworthy that people will pass me by like nothing is wrong. I mean it happened in the crowded streets, a main way back & forth for many travelers. Not even the Preist thinks that I am worthy, I lay here suffering and no one seems to care… Have you ever felt that way? Would you like to feel that way?
Finally a man stops by who had compassion for the injured. He stops, puts the injured man on his beast..and he walked. Then he brings the injured man to the doctor and get this, he pays the bill….wow! Who would do that? He had to be very compassionate and caring to do this. Do you think that the Good Samaritan had an alterior motive, like getting called a hero? Personally I don’t, do you? I think that the Good Samaritan had a great relationship with the Lord and he knew deep down in his soul that this was the thing to do.
I read a post earlier where a woman paid for a man’s dinner tonight because his card would not work, her kindness did not go unoticed. When the gentleman realized that she paid, he immediately said God Bless you, thank you. He was grateful.
All of this makes me think of the Pay it Forward movement since that movie…have you paid anything forward lately? Have you bought a stranger lunch or paid for their gas? These days people would probably think you were crazy to do something like that right? What about the ONE person that would be grateful, that would be brought to tears because someone showed them compasssion? With the job market the way it is these days so many people are out of work or their hours have been cut. They are trying to make ends meet on a fraction of what they are used to making…how do you think this one kind act would affect them? Maybe it would open their eyes to a bigger, brighter, more compassionate world. .
It also makes me think of that song “Don’t let the chain of love end with you” Joe changed a tire for a “well to do” lady and he would not take cash, he wanted her to do a kind act for someone. Well the person that she came into contact with and did a kind act for happened to be his wife, who was about 8 months along and dead on her feet. I love this song….
What about the compassion that Jesus showed for us? He died on the cross because he loved us….each and every wretched one of us. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but, have everlasting life. John 3:16
So I challenge you today…make a practice of paying it forward. If you can only do it once that’s fine. If you really want to take things seriously make a practice of doing something for someone at least once a month. Leave $20.00 to pay for someone’s gas, pay for someone’s meal at McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway or Quiznos…..do it anonymously and sit back and see the amazement on their faces.