A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'
In the ministry of Jesus, He had many to see and much to do in a relatively short amount of time. When He began His public ministry, He had three years to save the world.
Consider these men to-see: Two blind beggars by the roadside.
Consider this large to-do: Jesus and His disciples were leaving Jericho en route to Jerusalem, and they were followed by a multitude of people. 'And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, 'Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!' ' (Matthew 20:30).
Consider His Choice: Jesus made it a practice to pause in what He was set to do--to see who He was called to help.*
Have you ever run out of gas or had a flat tire without a phone in the car? Or gotten sick away from home? Or in some way, you had to rely on the kindness of a stranger?
Do you return God's favor? I believe saying yes or no to the needy people He places in our path can be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker for entry in Heaven. Consider these consequences for not helping the helpless:
' 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life' (Matthew 25:44-46).
These Words of Jesus are His last Words before arriving in Jerusalem for His last supper. Last words are important--especially His. Therein, God's 'To-See's' must take priority over our own 'To-Do's.'
To Be Continued...
* See Matthew 20:29-34: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2020:29-34&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Priorities series.