MARCH 2004 CALENDAR ARTICLE
OUR THEME THIS YEAR:
Serving God with Humility and Love
The Good Samaritan — the Golden Rule in Action
by Melba Anderson
Jesus said, in Matthew 7:12: In everything do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Good Samaritan, in Luke 10:30-37, provides us with a good example of this rule in action. He was willing to give of both his time and his money to help someone in need. Hopefully we will never be called upon to rescue someone who has been beaten and robbed, but we can demonstrate this spirit in the way we relate to other people.
Do we always “do to others what we would have them do to us”? Are we considerate of others when we are driving our cars? Are we patient and kind to the busy waitress and salesclerk? Do we treat them as we would want to be treated? (I will confess that I have a difficult time being kind to telemarketers!)
When I was a young mother, I had a friend who was so much help to me, encouraging me, baby sitting, and doing so many other things for me. I told her that I would never be able to do enough to repay her for all she was doing for me. She told me that I was not to repay her, I was to help others along the way just as she had helped me. She was a wonderful role model for me and a good example of the “Golden Rule.”
Many of the church family do many good works daily. Among these are:
▪ Volunteering at hospitals, schools, and other organizations.
▪ Providing transportation for others.
▪ Caring for foster children.
▪ Visiting the sick and prisoners.
▪ Providing meals for the sick and grieving.
▪ Providing food and clothing for the needy.
▪ Helping a young mother with her children.
These are just a few examples of how we can do for others as we would like others to do for us. The Golden Rule in action is not just one big work or deed, but a lifetime of service to Christ and others.
2 Thessalonians 3:13: And as for you, brothers,
never tire of doing what is right.