I found four words that have been on my mind continuously over the past little bit. ‘Take care of him.’
Luke 10:25-37. I looked up the word ‘care’ and it means to look out for, to guard, to protect.
Luke 10:33-35. The certain man represents a lost soul stripped by sin and left half dead by the world. The Samaritan bound up his wounds, even before he brought him to the inn.
Jesus represents that Good Samaritan.
Despite whatever sin they are in, Jesus will go to where a lost soul is and clean them up, having mercy when no one else will. He will bring them to a church family. Then, He gives the church the command, “Take care of him.”
Too many people want a welfare church.
Their mindset is along the lines of “What can I get from this body of believers?” Some people strip one church and move on to the next, never a giver and always a taker. But as Christians, our mindset should be “What can I do for these people?”
Jesus (the Samaritan) took that lost soul (the certain man) to a church and told them to take care of him. And whatever the church invests in that soul, Jesus will repay.
If we want to have a Book of Acts Revival, then we have to love one another. If one member of the body has a need it’s up to us to help fulfill that need. My hand may not know a lot about my shoulder, but my shoulder is what allows blood to flow to my hand. Without the blood, my hand won’t last long. I don’t want to be the member in the body of Christ that refuses to let the Lord flow through me to another member. I want the love and mercy of God to flow through me and touch a member of the body that needs help. Hebrews 12:12-13. 1 Corinthians 12:25.
Be kind to people because you never know what they are facing or what they’ve had to go through.
We may come into a place with our heads held high and all anyone sees is a smile on our face. But everyone has some load, some burden, some kind of heaviness that they have to carry. 1 John 4:7.
2 Kings 6:28-31. There are a lot of people walking around that look like they have it all together, but underneath that pretty smile are a lot of tears, pain, and scars. Sometimes it’s not enough to lay hands on them and pray for a blessing. Sometimes we need to call out to God and ask Him what we can do to make a difference in their life. God wants to use you to pick somebody up when life is pushing them down.
If this is going to work, it has to start in the home. I don’t care how kind you are in church, if you are unkind to your family at home, then you are a hypocrite. What can we do to lighten our family’s load? What can we do to lift up the hands of our loved ones?
We won’t have a deep move of God until we find the deep love of God.
When we find that, then no weapon formed against us will prosper. When we lay our life down for each other, nothing will be able to hinder us or stop us! 1 John 3:16.
There ought to be something different about the church. We ought to really be a family. We need to care for one another. The world won’t know we are followers of Jesus because we shout or sing. They will know we follow Jesus by seeing the love we have for one another. John 13:34-35.
We may send money to missions and go halfway around the world to care for someone, but what about that one sitting behind us in the church that needs help because they are about to go under?
Matthew 25:34-40. 1 John 3:17-18. Proverbs 19:17. Do we care for people? Jesus does. To be like Jesus is more than just to stop living a sinful life.
To be like Jesus is to lay your life down and love others more than yourself.
— Pastor Anthony Wynn