Luke 10:37 “Jesus told him, ‘ Go and do likewise.”
Every time I see people who are less fortunate regardless of the reason, I begin to weep inside and desire to do something for them. One day I came toward my work and encountered an entire procession of people who were in wheelchairs, crutches or walkers, they were “marching” for some cause related to their physical state. I wanted to lay hands on them all and see the entire procession jump up and dance praising God for their healings. Could you imagine the impact that would have had on the “elite” – the politicians, businessmen, and others – to witness a power demonstration of God’s Spirit? (One day it will happen. I know it. God’s timing has to be right. NOT MINE!)
It took me a while to learn “who is my neighbor?” because I tended to be like the Jews, who avoided the Samaritans and anyone who was unclean. I used to keep to and stick with “us four and no more.” However, God began working on me and taught me that seclusion and exclusion are wrong. God is God of all. His house is to be called a house of prayer to all nations. If we are the temple of God’s Spirit and the church of God, are we not then the house of God? Should we not also be considered a “house of prayer to all nations”? Thus, if we are called to all nations, then all peoples are our neighbors. We must be willing and able to minister, or serve, anyone and everyone as God’s Spirit leads us.
Therefore, we are to adhere the command of Jesus concerning reaching out to any and all people, “Go and do likewise” and have mercy upon them by bestowing upon them tender loving care and helping them with their needs.