Would you help a stranger in need?

traffic, WWJD, Good Samaritan, neighbor, help, walk awayIt’s almost 5:00pm on a Friday afternoon. Traffic is unusually bad; in fact, it’s at a complete standstill. Could it have been the fire truck and police car that I’d seen 5 minutes ago. No, it’s a young mom and her son in a stalled pick up truck blocking the center lane of traffic. I don’t know how long she’d been stranded but a young man hopped out of the car in front of me to help her. A complete stranger, who happened to be an auto mechanic (his shirt said so), pushed the truck out of the way of traffic and helped her out of a difficult situation.

Amazing that he was there! His car tag showed that he lives at least 20 miles away. He didn’t need to do this act of kindness, but thank God that he did. He not only helped a mom and her child, he witnessed to dozens what a ‘Good Samaritan’ really is.

Have you ever gone out of your way to help a complete stranger? Has a stranger ever helped you out of a situation?


The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)

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