love_thy_neighbor-billboardI received a call today from another pastor about a man in our city that needed help. My colleague was not able to help him so he passed the information to me hoping that I would be able to provide some assistance.

I made a new friend tonight, his name is Ron. Ron ended up in our city hungry, with no money, and nothing but the clothes on his body. His immediate needs were simple: shelter for the night, food, and a ride to a city about 40 miles away to meet up with a friend the next day.

I called Ron and agreed to buy him a meal. As I was driving to meet him he called me and said he needed another 30 minutes. Somehow somebody blessed him by providing a motel room for the night. I posted a prayer request on a private Facebook group and while I was waiting in the parking lot of the restaurant I was greeted by a person who saw my post and anonymously gave me cash to pay for the meal and help Ron.

Ron is Jewish and when I asked him if he believes that Jesus is Messiah he said he was “leaning that way.” We had good conversation, he’s a grateful man in the midst of brokenness and he seems to have a healthy view of the holiness of God.

Why do I share this? Well, it’s not about me. It’s about a team of praying friends, a colleague who called on me because he wasn’t in a position to help (he would have), an anonymous donation from a family that knows adversity all too well (in other words, a very generous giver), trusting the Holy Spirit to bring wisdom and help, and much more.

I plan to drive Ron to his destination tomorrow and introduce him to another Jewish believer in that area. Somehow I know God will use this experience to draw Ron closer to himself. He’s already used Ron to bless me and others. Living life in a Jesus-like way is so rewarding on many levels and my hope is to continue sharing the Gospel in everyday life and empower others to do the same — one person, one family, one neighborhood, and one community at a time!


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The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25-37

25 An expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Jesus a question to see what he would say. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to have eternal life?” 26 Jesus answered, “What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?” 27 The man replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ They also say, ‘Love your neighbors as much as you love yourself.’” 28 Jesus said, “You have given the right answer. If you do this, you will have eternal life.” 29 But the man wanted to show that he knew what he was talking about. So he asked Jesus, “Who are my neighbors?” 30 Jesus replied: As a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, robbers attacked him and grabbed everything he had. They beat him up and ran off, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. 32 Later a temple helper[a] came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side. 33 A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him 34 and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine[b] and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return.” 36 Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers?” 37 The teacher answered, “The one who showed pity.” Jesus said, “Go and do the same!”

 

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