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By Don Loftis | 01.09.10

We have all heard the story of the Good Samaritan many times in our lives. Let me ask, “What was the real difference between the priest, Levite, and the Samaritan?” They were all travelling the same road. They all had responsibilities and schedules to keep. They all saw the injured man on the side of the road. However, while the priest and Levite looked, the Samaritan got involved. He was the only one who acted.

James describes a similar situation in 2:15-17, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead being by itself.” A recent editorial in Christian Chronicle noted, “Merely noticing the physical, emotional, ans spiritual needs of those around us doesn’t accomplish anything.”

Maybe we need to make a list of problems we see that need to be addressed. Someone may be struggling with unemployment, exhaustion, anxiety, or grief. Their need may be physical, relational, or spiritual. We need to step up to the plate and get involved in helping to meet those needs.

When we see a wreck, in addition to stopping, we may well call 911 for more help. Some of the problems we observe may go far beyond what we can do on our own, so we may need to call a friend or the church or a social agency. Let’s make 2010 the year we get involved and allow God to make a real difference through us.

Don Loftis


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