I once asked God “why do you love me?” As I pondered this, He reminded me of the parable of The Sheep and the Goats (Matt 25:31-46). What were the defining actions of those who were loved by God and welcomed into His kingdom? Christ responds “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
There are times when I’ve wondered “am I loving enough?” It’s a two-pronged question. “Am I doing enough to serve my fellow man?” and “Shouldn’t I feel love more deeply than I do?” Fortunately, Christ has also answered these in his parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). If you notice, there’s no enduring relationship between the traveler from Samaria and the beaten Jew — the Samaritan just happens to cross paths with this poor man, and decides to show simple kindness by dressing his wounds and paying for a night’s lodging. Seeing that the Jew has been properly helped, the Samaritan carries on with his journey.
What would you say was the total expense of this kindness? $20 for a first-aid kit? $30 for a few meals? $50 for a night at a cheap motel? I should think for those who can afford it, we can spare $100 to help a suffering soul in need. It’s not like we encounter such occasions often — perhaps once every few months or fewer. And remember, God doesn’t expect us to form relationships with every stranger we help. Don’t think you need to feel some overwhelming sense of love or compassion. It’s a simple test: Will you stop to help a beaten man lying in the road? Or will you allow work and other obligations to take priority, like the priest and the Levite?
Is your kindness worth $100?