The Good Samaritan is a good story, isn’t it? A guy gets beat up, left for dead and eventually a good person comes by and helps him. We hold this guy up on a pedestal, but I think we’ve all done something like this. We see a random person in need and help them. I remember once when I saw a guy’s car literally broken down in the middle of a four-way stop. While every other car would just honk, I pulled my car off to the side of the road and helped him push his through the intersection to safety.
I’ll be honest, I felt good after doing that. Looking back, though, I was just being a decent human being. It’s actually very easy to help people that I’m pretty sure I’ll never see again. I provide a random act of kindness and then send them on their way. I may even offer extra help, going above and beyond what’s expected like the Good Samaritan did, but I send them on nonetheless. It’s much harder, I think, for us to commit to helping people that we know and see every single day.
I’m not talking about your best friend who you would literally suffer to help. I’m talking about that person.
You know who that person is in your life. The person who always seems to be in need of help. The person who has put themselves in a bad situation by their own poor choices. The person whose life seems to always be in shambles.
It can be easy to write them off and ignore them. “They made their bed, now it’s time to lay in it.” “Their sin is not my problem.” “They deserve what’s coming to them.”
But what if that person is you?
Have you ever thought “No one could ever forgive me,” “I’ve done and been terrible things,” or “If you knew half of the things I’ve done…”? The reality is, we all deserve what’s coming to us and what’s coming to us isn’t good (see Romans 6:23).
Yet, God gives us grace and loves us despite our failures. In fact, He chooses to use our failures to bring Him glory!
If my wife, Melissa, and I had known each other in high school, or really about 6-10 months before we actually met, we never would have given each other the time of day. I was wrapped up in what I wanted to do and I didn’t care about anything else. Then certain things happened in my life that turned my worldview upside down. I look back at many of those things and am completely amazed that even with those failures, God still uses me today.
God can and will use you, failures included. He’ll use you to be a “Good Samaritan” to all of those around you, if you’ll allow Him. I’m a prime example and if you want to know specifics, I’m willing to share. I’ll tell you stories you wouldn’t believe, not about myself, but about God’s grace!