Friday, March 11, 2011

our actions say "we don't care"

NOTES: join me in praying for those who have been touched by the earthquake in Japan and the impact of the Tsunami in Japan, Hawaii and the west coast of the US.  Also, remember to change your clocks this Saturday night when you go to bed.  Set your clocks ahead one hour.

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.

What must it have been like to the man who was robbed and beaten on that horrible day?  He was in need.  But no one stopped.  People looked and passed by.  It wasn't until an outcast, a Samaritan or a half breed as they were none, stopped, cared and did something for the man that he found help.  Do we know anyone in need?

God has blessed our lives.  Our sins have been forgiven, and we have been given resources that include finances, food, relationships and so much more.  Yet there are people who live near us, work with us, go to school with us, sit next to us at church and others we pass by daily who have needs.  There need could be as simple as an encouraging word or as complex as needing help with their health or finances.  It could be anything.  What can you do to help someone else?

That just might be the wrong question.  It might not be "what can you do?"  The question might need to be "do you see the person in need?"  Too many of us don't see them.  We pass them daily?  Our actions say we don't care.  Is that you?  Is that me?

Every day I meet more people who have needs that you and I can meet.  Alone we can help a few people.  Together we can help many people.  But do we see those in need?

Realize because you know Jesus, you are blessed:

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Realize that Jesus loved you in spite of yourself and your situation.  We can share that love, His love with others:

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Realize who you neighbor is.  It is anything you come in contact with.  The Bible tells us something about our neighbor:

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself".

Our actions say "we don't care", and it is time for that to stop.  Look around you this weekend.  Who is your neighbor, who have a need?  Let your actions show you care.

(checkout this new website I found about becoming a good Samaritan http://www.juststart.org/

1 comment:

dangel smith said...

very interesting blog. your right! let's pray for all the victims of the earthquake in japan.

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