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The Heart of a Good Samaritan

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17 (NKJV)

As Christian stewards of God’s wealth (cf. 1 Chron. 29:11; Ps. 24:1)), giftings, and resources, we are told we are to be distributing to the needs of the saints (Rom. 12:13)—this means our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.  This refers to those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior—fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

The word, distribute used in this verse means to contribute, and it is from the Greek word, “Koinoneo,” which means to, share in, or to, share with.  So it is our duty, privilege and blessing to be able to help our Christian brethren during those times of need by sharing with them.  This is clearly what Jesus did, and we are clearly told we’re to be doing the same (Eph. 5:1; Gal. 6:10).  We see this in the beginning of the Church as recorded in Acts.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.  Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, Acts 2:42, 44 (NKJV)

Jesus gave us a great illustration of meeting the needs of others in Luke 10:30-37, where a man fell victim among some thieves.  As he was beaten, robbed, and left for dead, multiple religious people walked by without helping—that is until a Samaritan came by and saw this man and his needs.  Being filled with a great compassion and without hesitation, he helped this man in his need, by bandaging his wounds, setting him on his own animal, and taking him to an inn.  The next day, when he departed, he took out some money and gave it to the innkeeper, and said to him, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.”

The reason this is a supreme example is because this Samaritan was distributing God’s blessings to a person who was thought to be anything other than a fellow brother—this is because the Jews regarded the Samaritans as second-class citizens.   Two other so-called “religious people,” a Levite and a priest, had chosen to walk right by and not help this man—but not the Samaritan.

We can be confident God will give us the opportunities to be used—it is up to us to be faithful to act upon them.  If we believe everything we have is really God’s and we are simply the stewards of these resources.  I believe we need to guard ourselves against the temptation to just allow others to help, because we will be missing our opportunity to imitate Christ.  As we start to think this way, we will soon find it actually makes it easy to share.

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn with regard to sharing with other believers from these scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you finding it hard to share what little you have with others when they are in need?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord to give us a heart to help others, and then pray to Him for His guidance as to when we should give. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for all provision.  Father, we acknowledge everything we have is because of You.  Help us to know when we are to share and give to those You have brought into our life.  Help us to know when to say, “No,” and when to say, “Yes.”  May it bring great glory and honor to Your name.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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