“Love is denied expression by poverty” — Wallace D. Wattles
Let’s consider the “Good Samaritan” story from the Bible…
Luke 10:27 – 37
“And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 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. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
Now, let me ask this question, “Why did the priest and the Levite pass by without giving aid to the wounded and needy man?”
I believe these men cared about people, or they wouldn’t have been in the vocation they were in.
Have you ever seen a person who was clearly in need and you felt pity for them? Didn’t you feel sorry for them? Didn’t you wish that you could help them?
Why did you pass on by?
I believe you passed on by them for the exact same reason the priest and the Levite passed on by… because you didn’t have the financial wherewithal (and consequently, you didn’t have the time freedom) to help the wounded and needy person.
No sane person in their right mind can see a person in need and not want to respond. This is known as pity.
And though people feel pity towards the wounded and the needy, they will decide not to respond – not because they don’t care – but because they themselves are poor.
But the man in Christ’s story had the financial wherewithal to be able to show and express his love towards his neighbor.
What was the last thing that Christ said in this story?
Are you in a financial position (and a time position) where you can go and show love towards your neighbor?
Don’t you think it’s about time that you decided to become a Millionaire For Jesus?
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