December 3, 2012 by Chris French
When the Good Samaritan saw the guy that had been beaten and robbed his first thought was, “I’ve could help this guy.” He had the resources to help him so he did. He came at life from a different point of view than I do most of the time. “What’s mine is yours if you need it” was the Samaritan’s mantra. We live in a world where people need what you have. I don’t know if it took every cent the Samaritan had to pay for the hotel room for this guy or if he was having to let the mule carry his money sack, but either way he had the means to help the guy…and he helped. We’ve got one part of the equation right. We may not need a mule to carry our money for us, but when most of the world lives off of $1 a day or less you and I have a superabundance. What we’re missing is that last part…and he helped.
I’m so attached to my stuff that I let that interfere with me helping people. You might be thinking, “Well if I help that guy I won’t be able to pay my water bill!” If I were to cut out some of the times I eat out, the superfluous stuff I buy at Wal-Mart every time I’m there, books off of Amazon and candy at the gas station I bet I could pay my water bill and help the guy who needs what I’ve got. Look for opportunities to be generous this week.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” – Romans 12.6-8
Some people are more given to generosity. Their personality lends itself to generosity. It’s their gift. As an American Christian I’ve been generously blessed. I should generously bless. And I should be happy to do it. “What’s mine is yours if you need it” – Me?