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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, February 19, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Luke 10:30-37 – Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
“By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that, he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
The man replied, “The one who sowed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. –Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Hazel Sandra Fitz-Gibbon (Surrey, England) titled her story “NEVER OFF DUTY;” here is a portion of Hazel’s story:
“Recently I met my son, James, for lunch. To my surprise, he insisted on paying for my mean, saying, ‘Give the money to someone who really needs it.’ After lunch we parted, and I started for the train station. Suddenly, I heard a quiet voice behind me saying, ‘Excuse me.’ I turned to see a young man. He needed a hotel bed for the night and asked for some money. As I listened to his story, I felt sure that God wanted me to help him. I gave him the money that I had expected to spend on lunch, shook his hand, and promised to pray for him. He thanked me warmly.
“Later, as I rode the train, I knew that Jesus had been present in the café with my son and me. I knew Jesus was also there on the street, meeting me in that young man.
“. . . after doing a good deed, I feel as if I can go ‘off duty.’ So in a way, I am separating my life into compartments – this much for God, the rest for myself. This experience reminded me that God never goes ‘off duty.’ God calls us to share love and compassion at any time, in any place.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God has prepared a way for me to serve others today.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you are always available to help us. May we be ready to respond to your prompting to help others, whenever and wherever that may be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/