To Whom Much is Given
“To whom much is given, much will be required.”
– Luke 12:48
Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan which is found in the book of Luke 10:25-37. A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers, stripped of his clothes, beaten and left on the side of the road. First, a priest comes by and then a Levite, but both avoid the man. Finally, the Samaritan comes by and helps him. One of the things that stands out to me in this story is that he never asked a lot of questions to the man who was beaten. Maybe he was unconscious, I don’t know. But the point is he just helped him. The Samaritan put his safety, his wants, and needs aside. He helped his neighbor.
As I make phone calls to FBCBA families to see how people are doing during this time of COVID-19, I find that most of our church members are very blessed. Not that there aren’t difficulties and struggles in their lives, but I have yet to find anyone that is going hungry. However, as we continue food donations of “Meet A Need,” and help our neighbors from the surrounding areas, we minister to hurting and nervous people that are fearful about their current and future situation. As we visit and provide food assistance, the constant response is, “Thank you so much for doing this,” and “God bless you.” It is easy to look and judge others. We might think things like, “you should have saved, planned, or gone to school and got a better job.” The list could go on and on. If we are not careful though, we will find ourselves not helping anyone.
During this time in our lives, we have a great opportunity to share with our neighbors. You may be in need, and if so, don’t hesitate to call the church office and let us know how we can help. Maybe you have a neighbor, friend, or a complete stranger that you can help during this time by blessing them with what God has blessed you with.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:39)
Pray: Lord help us to see others with a compassionate heart, and to see others the way you do. Help us to share what we have and to be a cheerful giver. In Jesus Amen.
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