Let’s go back to Sunday School or Children’s Church. You remember that little felt like flannel panel thing they used to use with the little felt people to go with it? And the teacher would use the people to renact a Bible story with some truth. So let’s use end Good Samaritan. The characters were the man left to die, the robbers, the Levite & the Good Samaritan. At the end of the story the teacher might ask, “Now who do we want to be?” and eagerly & excitedly everyone would say, “The Good Samaritan!” Then she’d pass out lollipops and we’d go home. End of story.
Not bad for 3rd graders. But now what if we do a role play of that story again, but this time, YOU be the victim. I mean, that’s the part we always wanna play anyway, right? It seems that someone is always doing something to US. Right? Or that our troubles arise from what SOMEONE ELSE did.
I don’t think there’s too much enthusiasm this time…
But when it comes to the poor and the wounded and sick, we’re no better than them. We’re just better off. Jesus said the Samaritan was the poor man’s neighbor because he had mercy on him. Then He told the expert of the law to go and do likewise.
So what am I saying? That we don’t do anything to help those less fortunate?? Oh no! We throw in $2 in the missions basket or we even sponsor a child. But there are people in our own neighborhoods that need help. There are babies, toddlers and children in the U.S. that need us too. The face of the poor isn’t always found in those wearing clothes made of receipts and newspapers. It’s often worn by those struggling just like us and I think this picture demonstrates that excellently.
I’m glad that God provided me with a good Christian church family who have a heart for missions because Jesus told that man the Samaritan was the poor man’s neighbor not some donor from across the seas. If we wanna help those in need, we have to start at home. That is not to say that those all over the world don’t need help, but there are brothers and sisters Right Here that need Jesus too.
Here’s an analogy. When you were born, did you birth yourself? Feed yourself? Pull yourself up off the floor over and over until you had eventually taught yourself to walk? And did you send yourself off to school so that you could learn something? And after that, did you make sure you went to school to learn even more? No! You had help! And help from those right around you.
Missions are powerful. And God certainly does move through them and those that He uses to carry them out, but we all have to start small. And the best way to be used, is to be used where God places you. I may never get to Japan. To be honest, I may never even get to Louisiana. But you know what, there’s always work to be done for the Lord right where I am. So that’s exactly where I can start working and if He ever sends me overseas, then so be it. But while I’m here, I want to touch those around me.
*Story found in Luke 10:25-37
To the KING!