But that is what Jesus taught us to do. Jesus teaches to love our enemies. Jesus teaches us to do good for 'the least of our brothers.' I am reminded of the parable of the good Samaritan. Read below the New International Versions translation of this familiar story.
New International Version (NIV)
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
This is a great illustration of the kind of 'doing good' God wants from us. In this story, the man who did good, did so at a cost to himself, but notice that the helping man helped within his resources. It was costly for the man to offer help, but it did not overwhelm him. I find it often challenging to find the 'fine line' between helping others and doing so within my ability. Think of the helping man. Don't you think he would have preferred to arrive at the inn on-time and not late? Don't you think that he could have found a good use for the denarii besides giving it to the inn-keeper? But also notice that he continued with his business, leaving the hurt man in the care of the inn-keeper. So he didn't take out a loan to pay for his care, but gave something up. He didn't not take care of his business in town, but did allow himself to arrive later than planned to the inn in the evening.
As I approach the Christmas season I hope to go a little beyond my comfort zone in meeting the needs of others. Of course, doing our card making party at the respite house is one thing - but this seems to fall in the convenient and easy category. Now I want to prayerfully consider other opportunities that may cross my path that will allow me to go further in my christian charity. I wonder what opportunities will come up this week for me to do good? Will I inconvenience myself to meet the need? I prayerfully hope so.
Oh and here is the second card we will make for the ladies later this month.
Thanks for visiting my blog and my second post in the 12 blogs of Christmas.