40 days of Service Blog
March 25, 2017, 9:22 AM

40 Days of Service Day 22

Morning Prayer: Lord, how can I serve others today?

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

A lawyer asked Jesus to clarify who his neighbor was, so Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan. Serving others requires compassion. Suppose you were driving home from work and noticed a person stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. Two out of three of the people in the story move over to the other side of the road and distance themselves from the one who needs help. Only one person has compassion on the stranded traveler and pulls to the side of the road to offer assistance. Serving others requires cost. Maybe the two out of three distanced themselves because they could not afford to help the stranded traveler. The one who pulled over to assist noticed that the he did not have a spare tire, so he called a tow truck to have the vehicle towed to the nearest shop. The traveler did not have any money to pay for a new tire, so this good Samaritan paid the shop owner for a new tire. Serving others requires commitment. What if more was wrong with the vehicle than just a flat tire? What if there was more cost involved? Maybe the two out of three distanced themselves, because they did not want to get involved in a long-term commitment to service. The one who provided aid gave the shop his credit card number, promising to cover any extra expense.

Jesus then asked the lawyer, “Which one of these three do you think was a neighbor?”