“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.”
Every year people die attempting to reach the top of Mr. Everest. Back on May 15, 2006 a man named David Sharp suffered such a fate. What’s particularly sad about David, however, is that more than 40 people passed him before he died without offering help. Why?
Perhaps they didn’t want to waste the years of training it took to prepare. Or maybe they were thinking about the $20,000 cost of the climb. Some were probably intent on conquering the mountain and reaching the top, but that doesn’t explain the people who passed David on the way down. Maybe those people thought David was a loser . . . not worthy to be on the mountain and not worthy of their help.
Let’s not forget the admonition we find in scripture:
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
We can never forget the example that our Lord and Savior left for us to follow. An example of humility, courage, and righteousness. Let’s not lose sight of the forest through the trees.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Time, money, goals, and pride—these false gods keep us from loving the people in our path. Who are you passing by on your climb to the top of the mountain? What decision will you make next time your neighbor is in need of help? Hopefully it will be one that will honor the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
Mark Twain (1835 1915)