Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
Lately, natural disasters are becoming more frequent. There are so many people need help. Homes flooded up to the roof, damaging thousands of hectares of rice ready to harvest, hundreds of dead livestock, settlements were swept away by cold lava, and hundreds of people are huddled in refuge, cold, pain, and hunger.
When we heard and know the suffering of people affected by disaster or natural disaster, do we care? Surely! Even we are enthusiastically seeking the news on television. Did not our heart moved with compassion? That is for sure! The question is … What we have done for them?
There was a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He completely robbed, beaten, and then abandoned in a state of dying. A priest and a Levite saw him lying on the road but only through easily even avoid him! We might think, how inappropriate their actions, even though they are the servants of God! If we were in their position, if we surely will help that robbed strangers??
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” (Luke 10:36)
Then if we do not yet know the end of this story, then we are faced with three choices: Priest, Levite, and the Samaritan. Who do you think that will definitely help that stranger? Very reasonable and logical if we are choose the priest and the Levite. They are the people who serve in the God’s house, understand the God’s word, close to the presence of the Lord. But the fact speaks different. They do not even care! Then who is eventually cares? The Samaritan! An underestimated and overlooked person. Even the Jews did not associate with Samaritans (John 4:9). But the stigma from the Jews that “he’s not a good person” does not hinder him to doing goodness that supposed to do. The Bible notes that Jesus commands us to imitate of the Samaritans’ deeds.
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37b)
We all hope that the disaster be handled immediately, the disaster did not happen again. And with the disaster passed, news euphoria decreased. Feeling and desire to provide financial aid, social events, and all that stuff, slowly began to fade… We returned again to our self-centered. We back to our family, our career, our desires, our dreams, our problems, and our needs. All back again to us.
If there is no natural disaster, does that mean there are no people which need our help??
LOOK AROUND US…
-Young children should be a street singer to do a bit help their poor parents.
-The smart teens who was forced to discontinue their studies since could not pay the tuition
-Elderly pitchman who are still forced to work under the blazing sun because they really did not have anyone else who take care them.
-A pregnant woman who threatened gives birth to a disabled child because she was malnourished.
-A man who suffered from a disease that eventually died, leaving his wife and children were still young, because he having no medical expenses.
-Or even our close relatives were no longer able to pay his rent due to bankruptcy!! And our cousins were having trouble to finding a job.
-And many more… those people who we do not know that we meet on the street or even our own neighbors and relatives!
HAVE WE DONE SOMETHING TO THEM??
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you. (Proverb 3:28)
By Sella Irene – Beautiful Words
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