Are We Samaritans Or Are We Fund Raisers For Samaritans? May 6, 2015
This is a question I was presented while in my quiet time with the Lord.
I knew I had to answer for my own peace of mind. I recognized the deep frustration I carried about the
ministry of money. I pondered the call of the Samaritan as he gave of what he had and of
his time and to others who were willing to give of theirs such as the innkeeper. This man
who presumably had no stature among men but had something of his own was moved to
share it with one who had nothing. He gave of his life to one who had little life, at least
not enough to survive. Jesus called him a “good neighbor”. How does this story lead to
“we need more money” the everlasting cry of the nonprofit? We have what we have and
that’s all we can share.
However, the Bible story in Luke 10 doesn’t speak of a long time relationship between
the Samaritan and the victim. SO HOW DOES COMPASSION RECEIVED CHANGE
THE LIFE OF THE ONE WHO HAS RECEIVED IT? Some cultures believe that if you
save my life I am responsible to save yours if needed. Others say you have my gratitude
Christ says, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will
receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:24). What does that look like in our
lives today? My response is that as a Samaritan I may ask of you or anyone as you have
asked of me. For it is in the joy of giving that we find the Samaritan along the road. Is
having need a shaming situation or could there be an everlasting purpose in it such as the
experience of giving in such a way that others may have life, not comfortable life, but life
enough for them to be able to give to others? How can we live without that joy? Not joy
that lasts only until the next want is satisfied, but the joy that is rooted deep into the One
who gives the breath of life to us all on a daily basis. Our God is a giving God. We are
made in His image. Our contentment rests in our clear reflection of Our Father in
In Good Samaritan Ministries we don’t give to a project. We give to people who have
need to have enough life that they too may become givers. We raise people of gratitude
and graciousness. So I ask my self, am I raised? And I ask you, are you raised?
Are we Samaritans or are we fund raising for Samaritans? As for me and for my house
we will be Samaritans. Thanks be to God for the correction of my spirit.