Rescuing the Perishing WilSarah Hamzeam Johnsonn
Imagine you are bruised, beaten, and left to die on the side of the road. People walk past you and nobody stops to help, and you are in tremendous pain. Finally, one person walks by and sees your pain and distress; this man decides to help you. This very thing happened, and Jesus described the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. What would have happened to the man if the Samaritan did not stop to help? He could have easily died.I am reminded of a Dr. Seussquote I heard while watching the movie, The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” If each of us for12 >>> IN THE LIGHT_May/June 12
gets to do our part and act on God’s call in our lives, things won’t get better in our hurting world. How many times have we ignored the call to help those around us? Sometimes we get busy in our daily life and say, “I am too busy, that’s somebody else’s job to help that person.” We might not find dying people along our daily route, but there are spiritually dead people around us, people in need of a Savior. All around us there are people who have emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical wounds. We need to lead them to the great physician, the Savior who can heal and mend all wounds. In our daily life, there might be people in our
path who are so depressed they want to commit suicide or maybe they are dealing with abuse they suffered as a child. Maybe there is a neighbor who is treating their pain with alcohol or a single mother who can barely feed her children. These people are crying out for our love and help, and we can’t ignore them. But what if we decide that helping others isn’t our job or that we are too busy to help? If we don’t help, who will? God has called each and every one of us to be His hands and feet here on Earth. “‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me
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