April 3, 2020

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.” – Matthew 25:35

“Who is my neighbor?” the lawyer asked after Jesus’ famous command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus responded with a parable: A man had immigrated to Israel from Samaria. While traveling, he saw someone beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. The religious leaders had passed by, too fearful to stop and offer help. But the foreigner, the immigrant, the Samaritan, stopped and helped the man. Jesus asks the lawyer, “Who was the neighbor?” (Luke 10: 25-37)

The point Jesus was making was we ALL should respond like the Samaritan who helped regardless of nationality. In fact, our neighbor is all mankind. Our neighbor includes people of all walks of life.  Our neighbor is everyone – especially those who are hurting.

Jesus continues and says – “When you feed the hungry, when you give a drink to the thirsty, when you offer hospitality to the stranger, the broken or less fortunate, that is how you treated Me (my paraphrase).” In other words, how we treat those hurting and in need is how we treat Jesus. And for followers of Jesus, this is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate God’s love through our response.

Can people see Jesus in the way you care for those hurting and in need in your community or do you need a change of heart? Ask God to help you love others like the Samaritan loved the wounded man.

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