Go and Do Likewise

The Lord gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The LORD frees the prisoners. The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the godly. The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
Psalms 146:7-9 (NLT)

The Psalmist is painting a picture of a God who cares for those in need. He loves them and rescues them. Yet we could ask of the church today, is this the God we see in the Bible? Is this the God we pray to? Where do we find this God in our Christian lifestyle? The truth is, the God we worship in the Bible has always taken the poor, downtrodden and displaced people seriously. He expects us to do the same.  In His famous parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells the story to a lawyer who asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus told him to Love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself. The Lawyer then asked, “Who is my neighbor?” When Jesus was done illustrating that the Samaritan was the only one of the three who passed the wounded man on the side of the road that showed mercy, He asked the Lawyer, “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The Lawyer said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” He tells us the same. We serve God when we serve others. Ask the Lord to show you ways you can serve the needy. He cares. Do we?

Lord, I confess I need to be more compassionate. I need to be more proactive in helping the lonely, hurting and distraught. Please show me ways I can start to love those in need the way You do. Even today, lead me to someone I can help.


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