THURSDAY, MAY 27
Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, “Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.”
Luke 10:34-35 (NLT2)
MY LOVE IS MEASURED BY WHAT I GIVE UP, NOT WHAT I GET IN RETURN
Pastor David Jeremiah tells a story about Bob Pierce. Pierce had advanced leukemia. But he went to visit a friend in Indonesia before he died. As they were walking through a small village, they came upon a young girl lying on a bamboo mat next to a river. She was dying of cancer. And she only had a short time to live. Bob was upset. He said, “Why isn’t she in a clinic? Why isn’t someone taking care of her?” But his friend explained that she was from the jungle. And she wished to spend her last days next to the river, where it was cool and familiar.
As Bob gazed at her, he felt such compassion that he got down on his knees in the mud, took her hand, and began stroking it. Although she didn’t understand him, he prayed for her. Afterward she looked up and said something. “What did she say?” Bob asked his friend. His friend replied, “She said, ‘If I could only sleep again, if I could only sleep again.’” Bob began to weep. Then he reached into his pocket and took out his own sleeping pills, the ones his doctor had given him because the pain from his leukemia was too great for him to sleep at night. He handed the bottle to his friend. “You make sure this young lady gets a good night’s sleep,” he said, “as long as these pills last.” Bob was ten days away from where he could get his prescription refilled. That meant ten painful and restless nights. (Scott Cody: A Good Samaritan’s Heart)
The Good Samaritan was willing to give whatever was necessary to meet the needs of the hurting man. As far as we know, he did this expecting nothing in return. Based on Jesus’ teaching the Samaritan was simply living out God’s command to love our neighbor.
As NorthStar Church, we also want to be known for giving and expecting nothing in return. Another example of this is our Rise Against Hunger. Marsha James and our Missions team are coordinating this huge event! They are going to pack 20,000 meals in one night! We need 200 volunteers who are willing to give their time and expect nothing in return. If you would like to help serve all the details are at northstarchurch.org/riseagainsthunger.
Praise God for supplying all of our needs. Thank Him for giving us enough resources to help others in need. Pray God’s generosity through Rise Against Hunger leads others to faith in Him.