Remember the story of the “Good Samaritan” recorded in Luke 10? Here, a Samaritan came upon a Jewish man who had been robbed, beaten, and left for dead. As you might recall, the Jews and the Samaritans did not like each other.
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The Samaritan didn’t ignore the Jewish man’s needs like the priest and the Levite did. He also didn’t look the other way and make excuses for why he couldn’t help or get involved. Luke 10:33-34 sums it up pretty good by saying, “But a certain Samaritan who was on a journey came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
The Samaritan truly cared for others. In order to minister to people, you must first care for them. I describe C.A.R.E. by using it as an acronym: C – concern, A – attitude, R – response, E – encourage/empower. To minister means to answer or address a need. As mentioned earlier, to minister you must first care for others. In caring, you must have compassion
for and be concerned about others. A Christ-like attitude is also necessary. A positive response that leads to constructive action encourages and empowers the recipient.
A familiar quote says, “I don’t care how much you know, until I know how much you care.” As Christians we are all called to minister — to care for others. Let’s follow the Good Samaritan’s example. When we see a need that we are able to address, then that becomes our ministry. Don’t worry about what you can’t do; just focus on what you can do and trust God for the rest!
In His Service,
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