If you have a bible handy or if you access to scripture on your phone please read the scripture from Luke.
It’s a familiar story. The Good Samaritan. At the end of the passage Jesus asks one of the experts in the law which of the men was the one that did the good deed. He replies correctly and Jesus said, ‘Go and do likewise’.
We may not come across a man that has been beaten on the street but it’s a parable that Jesus described. There is too much suffering and injustice in this world. It almost sounds a cliche to say it but I’ll say it again. There is too much suffering injustice in this world. As Christians we have to break out of our comfort zone and help because, if we don’t, who will?
The church has a free pass to help. There’s many passages in the Bible that gives us the right and responsibility. So, in our minds, lets take a detour on our way to work today and think about how we can help. Or if we already are, how much more can we help? What or who do we have compassion or a soft heart for? Starving children? The homeless? Victims of rape or child trafficking? People who have never heard about Jesus? The elderly? The mentally ill?
Abused children? Recovering alcoholics or drug addicts? The Bible is full of people like this that Jesus showed love and compassion for. In Jesus’s words to us (not my words). ‘GO AND DO LIKEWISE’ – Amen!
Pray with me:
Heavenly Father, direct out thoughts to those that are suffering or putting up with injustice. Help us find ways to help. To show compassion and love like Jesus did – Amen!
Do not cast me away from Your presence. and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
At the risk of sounding like a child I sometimes wish that I could see God. Sit down, over a coffee and have a chit-chat. Ask questions like “So, what do you have in store for me this week” or “Do you think I should take that job”? Or maybe just have a good old grumble! God exists in three persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three persons! And we still can’t see him? Yes, we can see him. He is in everything and everywhere. Does the sun on your face make you feel good? God’s gift. Someone gives you a reassuring smile or gesture? From God perhaps. Getting good advice from a close friend? God speaking. Of course, prayer comes into it. Praying for God to speak to you is important. He then speaks through different channels. At that point, we need awareness. If we’ve prayed for guidance in a work situation it could come from anywhere. Scripture, something someone says in a meeting or during a phone call. An article online. God speaks to us everywhere. A keen eye, ear and a heightened awareness will help us. By doing that, we get to have a closer relationship with God. Let’s not think of Him as someone who’s ticking ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on stone tablets somewhere in the universe. He’s our Father. He loves us and wants to chit-chat with us here on earth. Be on the look out!
God with us on vacation in Cape Cod. Every day was a gift!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, teach us to look out for you when You speak to us. We pray for guidance and answers from You. And may we seek guidance in a way that glorifies You, and not ourselves – Amen!