Scripture Reading
“Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise'” Luke 10:37

What Is Mine Is Yours
Scripture is filled with wonderful and moving stories about sharing. Possibly the most quoted story is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. God used a despised Samaritan to encourage us to share our time, talents, and treasurers with those in need. The Samaritan showed us what it means to have compassion on someone and to give sacrificially as he tended to the man beaten by the robbers. Not only did the Samaritan provide immediate aid, he brought the injured person to an inn where he could be cared for further. The Samaritan used his own funds for the man’s care. The Samaritan demonstrated the attitude, “What is mine is yours.” Our challenge as Christians is to show our compassion as willingly and generously as the Good Samaritan. God wants us to be His channels of His love and care to those in need.

In contrast to the Samaritan, the priest and Levite, who passed by the victim before the Samaritan came along, showed no compassion for the beaten person. They held the attitude, “What is mine is mine.” They didn’t want to give any time, care, or comfort to the victim.

God has blessed us with many talents, gifts, and resources. Because God has blessed us, He will give us opportunities to use what He has given us for His purposes. Through faith, we receive God’s wisdom to acknowledge that He is the provider of all things so we become more willing to share our blessings with others. When God shows you a need, are you ready to respond?

Discussion Thoughts:
1. Why was it so significant that the person sharing his gifts was a Samaritan?
2. In what ways have you demonstrated the attitude “What is mine is yours” at home, at work, and at church?
3. What are some other examples in Scripture where people have shared so freely?

Prayer:
Dear good and gracious Heavenly Father, You show Your love for us in so many different ways. Forgive us when we fail to thank You for all that You do for us. We thank You for Your constant presence in our lives. We pray that You will grant us loving hearts that will be willing to respond to those in need. Help us to love our neighbors. In Your precious name we pray. Amen.

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