Like a Good Neighbor – Part 3

Luke 10:35, “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.”

 The last few weeks we have been discussing the matter of being a good neighbor. It is interesting to me that if we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God, willing to stop and see people where they are at in their needs, allowing God’s compassion to fill our hearts, and resisting the urge to pass by on the other side, that God allows us to press forward with radical grace-giving.  He enables us to give, perhaps more than we had planned on giving, and then we get to watch as God openly rewards us in ways that we could not fathom.

Let’s examine for a moment how much one pence is in the Bible days.  One pence would equal one day’s wage. How much is two pence? Two day’s wages – 40% of a week’s salary.  That’s nearly half of a week’s wage. This man didn’t contribute a simple dollar; he gave substantially. Money was not an object with this Samaritan.  His objective was to help, no matter what the cost or effort required.  He gave out of his own pocket – no reimbursement expected, no tax benefits given or received.  In fact, when you study the passage you see that he was willing to give more than two pence if necessary. He said, “Whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”  This news given to the innkeeper not only motivated him to do what was necessary, but motivated the Good Samaritan also.

I want to remind each of us that the more we hang around the Lord Jesus Christ and have a personal dynamic relationship with Him, the more His number one character quality will rub off on us. There is no question that the Lord Jesus Christ was an extraordinary Giver while walking the face of the earth. Yes, He is absolutely still an extraordinary Giver. I love the old song,  He gave his life, what more could he give? O how he loves you and me. I believe this Samaritan gave out of a truly compassionate heart. One who has a burden of this nature makes no comparison of what he gives to what he has already given. Most people will not give to some need because they have already given to another need.  I am convinced that if we pray and ask the Lord how much we should give he will direct our giving. And let it be said today, as in days of old in the inspired Scripture, you cannot out-give God!

Reformers Unanimous is a faith-based, Christ-centered program.  I have had the privilege of saying that for 12 years as I have traveled for this ministry.  I heard the founder of this ministry, Steve Curington, use those words over and over. In case you are not sure what that means, it is twofold.  First of all, we are faith-based in that the only way that the truth can make you free is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly, we are a faith-based organization. We rely solely on the gifts of God’s servants and local churches to support the work being done around the world, reaching the addicted and bringing them to God’s support group – the local church.

While writing this blog my mind is consumed with preparing a trip to South Africa to start Reformers Unanimous programs. We have purchased plane tickets by faith and are begging God to give us partnerships with God’s people to see men and women, boys and girls reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Missionaries are looking for this kind of tool to implement in their ministries to reach a particular kind of creature (Matthew 28:19-20) that desperately needs Jesus Christ.

The command to “go and do thou likewise” certainly fits the request for each of us to see a need and be willing to reach into our pocket, not only to help our neighbors, but those around the world.  We have been given a great commission to do so. Would you pray for Reformers Unanimous and for God to send laborers to partner with us?  An army of soldiers are preparing to be good neighbors, resulting in souls saved and lives changed as grace is emphasized in a world that so desperately needs it.

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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