Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37 NIV)
The story of the Good Samaritan is a parable of mercy and compassion. The question is asked of Jesus, “who is my neighbor?” In his explanation, Jesus teaches that we all are to care for those who are in need. His reply, ultimately was to follow the example of the Good Samaritan who gave of himself to help another. We are to do likewise.
That’s what it is all about, helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves. Often times we may think “what could I ever do to make a difference? What I have to offer is so little.” But what you have in your hand and what you are able to do, is much more than what someone else has in other places and situations beyond their control. And as it has been proven, little in the hands of Jesus is multiplied and becomes so much more than can ever be imagined.
So just imagine your small portion of time connected to several other’s sacrifice of time in an area where there is a need of just simply the basics of life. What a difference and a blessing that would make and has made countless and countless of times. Yet, with as many times as people go on missions, there are that many more areas and missions to be addressed.
We are instructed to “go and do likewise.” The word “go” implies movement, distance, even travel. Meaning, have concern for more than “me and mine.” Progress beyond where you are. The world is in need of a helping hand of hope, care and love. The words, “do likewise” in the parable imply simply to show compassion and mercy. Give aid to, help, assist, love.
Some of the nations of this world consist of those who have need of what we can supply materially, medically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. No one person can do it all, but together we can reach out and do for others what they are not equipped to do for themselves.
Reach out, be a blessing, join a team. Touch the nations just like in the example of the Good Samaritan who helped his fellowman.
After all, the nations are our neighbors too!!