Jesus calls on all of His disciples to show compassion to those in need, regardless of race, gender, economic status, political persuasion, religion, or any other factors that can separate people. Like the Good Samaritan, we must be willing to alter our plans to help someone. Sometimes we need to stop what we are doing and show the love of Christ to those in need, even if they hate Him and us.
The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) focuses on the responses of three men to one injured man. Their responses can make us feel uncomfortable because we have often offered excuses for not helping or for not demonstrating compassion when it is most needed. The purpose of this parable, however, is not just to make us feel uncomfortable but to challenge us to respond to situations in the right way—in a way that reflects the love of Christ and brings honor to God.
In you are a follower of Christ then you have been called to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself. The last part of that calling can be particularly challenging for some as it was for the lawyer that Jesus encountered. The band-aid challenge is a way to help every believer become more mindful of our responsibility to love others. Here is how it works:
- Obtain an ordinary, regular sized band-aid.
- Write Luke 10:37 on the band-aid with a permanent marker.
- Apply the band-aid around one of your fingers as a visual reminder of the challenge of this session to demonstrate love and compassion to all people.
- Pray for wisdom, guidance, boldness, and courage every time you see the band-aid with the Scriptural reference inscribed on it.
- Then, go and do as Jesus commanded: love others as yourself.
To keep this teaching fresh in your mind, review the parable of the Good Samaritan often with your friends and family and discuss the important teachings of Jesus in that story. Pray earnestly and regularly for others in need of God’s help, for the ability to demonstrate compassion to them, and for God to tune your heart to be a person who demonstrates compassionate action rather than indifference when faced with needs around you.
And finally, never forget the ultimate demonstration of sacrificial love made by our Lord in that while we were still sinners He died for us. Let us live for Him by serving others as He so frequently taught us to do.
Follow this link to learn more about the parable of The Good Samaritan.