Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 17)
Give Emergency Assistance
'Who is my neighbor?'
Jesus replied and said, 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.' '
'Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?' And he said, 'The one who showed mercy toward him.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Go and do the same.'
Luke 10:29-37 (NASB)
Whether it was a no-luck fisherman, a beggar on the road, a disciple's in-law, a kind centurion, a crazy cave dweller, a persistent mother, two desperate fathers, four men with a stretcher, a group of vile lepers, a Samaritan town, or five thousand hungry men, Jesus gave emergency assistance.
His mission was salvation: physical and spiritual. If His job was to speak the Word, then His proof was to lend a Hand. If His work was to save the world, then His joy was to help one man. He was never too busy, too tired or too important.
How many of us act like Jesus? I confess: I get preoccupied. My 'To Do' list is a demanding companion. To change my daily plan might take an act of God. But where is my eye of mercy? Could I be the rich man who ignores Lazarus? God forbid.
As a culture of busy Christians, do we ignore the beggars at our gates? With minds of men and without the Mind of Christ, it happens.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider fans like beggars at your gate. Because they are. Those who are wrapped up in media do not know the freedom of real life. They're in need: in need of purpose and joy.
Because when fiction becomes our focus, truth is apparently missing. Be that truth. Be that one performer who realizes his best act is emergency assistance.
Bottom line: entertainment is just an opening line. So don't get distracted by applauding hands, personal plans, or convenient friends. Fans need your attention.
Closing Line: This one Verse stops me in my tracks:
'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:40). Let's bury our busy schedules. Our 'old man' died and so should they.*
To Be Continued...
* 'Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.