Luke 10:30,33 – And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. (KJV)
I was speeding along one of Ontario's busiest highways; the traffic was so compact that it could be compared to a mobile parking lot, which moved in perfect tandem, and when a space became available, a vehicle slipped in. I wanted to vacate the highway, but I could not move into the exit lane. I had my signal on, and I began to get a little frantic, thinking I would have to continue on to the next exit. I noticed a tractor-trailer transport in the far lane, but I could not see beyond to discover if another vehicle was also making an exit onto the ramp. Then I heard the earth-shaking blast of the horn — which seemed to say impatiently, "Get going! I'm holding back the traffic for you!" I quickly pressed my foot on the gas pedal, and the car leapt forward. I changed lanes and sped up the exit ramp. The most crucial part of my journey home had been accomplished with comparative ease, because a modern-day Good Samaritan had noticed my situation and had promptly taken action.
As Christians, we are all journeying towards Home, and perhaps, as we journey, we may come across a Christian who has stumbled and fallen. May we display that precious, godly quality of compassion (as did Jesus' Good Samaritan in His parable) and perhaps take a supportive role. We may not be able to do anything of great significance, but if we can align ourselves with the person in need and say, "I am remembering you in prayer," the difficulty is halved. I often remember the Christians who came alongside of me during my Christian journey and helped me during times of great stress. They not only helped me at such times, but I believe that I am the Christian I am today because of their support. In the spiritual sense, each of them put an arm through mine, and as we walked together, one supporting the other, the road homeward became easier.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us to be sensitive to other Christians in their times of difficulty, not to be intrusive in any way, but to be Your hands and feet to express a little of Your great compassion and to support them while they travel along a broken and uneven part of their road home. Help us to do this, Father, without looking for some reward or approval, but simply because we want to be used by You. We bring this request before You in the authority of Your Son and our Saviour, Christ Jesus. Amen.
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