We were at church recently and were reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan. You know the one…
An expert inquired of Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” The man challenged Jesus asking ” And who is my neighbor?”
And Jesus responds with a parable, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The man on the side of the road was beaten badly and the good Samaritan provides this man with his time, compassion, a place to stay (enough money for 2 months rent), and transportation (his own animal).
This is what God means to love your neighbor.
This is why we do what we do.
Missional Living feels called to love our missionary “neighbors” by providing housing, transportation, compassion, and care to missionaries.
Will you come alongside us and help us serve the servants?