Originally published Monday, 27 October 2014.
"But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him], And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him."
“The samaritan didn’t say, ‘Here’s the wine and oil for your wounds,’ he actually poured the oil and wine.”
- Charles Spurgeon
Jesus is the Word of God. He is the manifestation of redemption upon the earth. And when He left this earth, He sent “one who is greater” so that we, His Church, could be empowered to do as He did.
He started something so we could finish it.
You are the verb, the action upon Jesus’ word, to somebody in your life. (Click it to tweet it!)
You are the hands that bring healing as you tend to their wounds.
You mouth the words that bring life into someone’s desperate circumstance.
You are the feet that walk beside them, up the hill and down again.
You are the arms that link with the man and woman next to you, forming a fortified army of warriors against a defeated Enemy.
But you can’t just hand them the ointment and wine and peace out.
It's time to stop with the good intentions.
Just as you and I needed God to come down in the form of a man and take our debt upon His back, they need you to pour it out for them.
Yes, there are safe boundaries. Yes, there are limits. Yes, enabling is a real thing to be aware of. But the line is further up than we think.
So who is in your life, right now, whose wounds have them pinned to the ground? Who in your life needs you to pour the oil and wine of healing?
I have mine.
Let’s invite them into our homes, our families, our churches, our sisterhoods or brotherhoods. Whatever that looks like, let’s do it soon.
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[Jesus] took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, poured out for you.”
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