As the holiday season winds down, I’m reminded of all the wonderful things that happen this time of year. Families spend more time with one another, relishing their common love. Christians and even some non-Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and what that means for our salvation. People are more generous, giving of their time and finances to assist others in their time of need.
It’s this added sense of generosity and benevolence that has me wondering why we seem to need a special season or time of year to give to those in need. Chalk it up to the spirit of Christmas or whatever you want to call it. Kindness to our fellow man tends to drop off once the new year begins.
The reality is, people of all walks of life are constantly in need and the date on the calendar should not predicate whether we should help or not. Jesus, in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), shows us that a need may arise at any moment, even when we are going about our way and following our own plans. Are we prepared to help when the time comes, to provide contact to the hurting and the lost? There is no impact without contact. We can’t pass by on the other side of the road like the religious elite in Jesus’ parable. Sometimes we have to go out of our way to come alongside someone and take care of them the way Jesus would if he were there.
I really don’t know the answer, but these questions are worth pondering. Would there be homelessness in America if the Christians of this nation used our resources to take care of the poor? Would the church continue to grow if we made it a priority to love our neighbor as ourselves? Jesus went out of his way to meet the needs of the hurting and the lost. If we are really followers of him, shouldn’t we do the same?