Put your faith into action
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.Jesus (Mark 12:29-31)
Jesus calls us to follow his example and give our lives and loving service. Jesus was compassionately involved with his friends and his followers. He gave explicit instructions in Matthew 25:31-46 to focus on the hungry, imprisoned, naked, homeless, sick, poor, widows and orphans i.e. the most vulnerable in our world. This is every Christian’s calling. It is not a charitable choice but a commandment to right living.
What about joining a disaster response team?
On September 2nd 2019, level 5 Hurricane Dorian arrived in with force, relentlessly delivering devastating and relentless storms to the island of The Bahamas for two days, before moving out and dispersing again. The storms reached winds gusts of over 297 km/h, bringing associated storm surges, high and heavy rainfall which had an overwhelming catastrophic impact.
A group of people set about getting help into this disaster scene as soon as possible.
Click here to read more about Gabi’s experience as part of the Disaster and Responders Team (DART) the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse in The Bahamas.
Jesus commands everyone to “love your neighbour” and we may wonder but “who is my neighbour?” The lawyer in Luke 10:29 asked this question of Jesus and he replied with the parable of the Good Samaritan. A man walking along the road between Jerusalem and Jericho was beaten and left to die. The very people one would expect to help him ignored him and passed by on the other side of the road, namely a priest and a Levite, people of faith who one could expect would have helped him. They didn’t get involved. We too can turn a blind eye and not get involved with vulnerable people that we come across! However, a Samaritan stopped and helped the man. He nursed him, transported him, sheltered him and funded his longer term care and rehabilitation needs. Jesus asked the lawyer “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour [to the Samaritan}…? (Luke 12:36a NIV). The answer obviously is… the person who showed the man mercy! Jesus finished his parable with a command to “Go and do likewise!” (Luke 10:37b NIV). Jesus’ message to Christians everywhere is crystal clear.
The question to each of us is, How will I respond to the person in need? What sort of person will I be?