Lately, I’ve been praying that God will give me the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else. And God has been faithful. However, I’ve come to discover that I have to be willing to be that blessing.
Missing the Opportunity to Be a Blessing
It is easy to pray a prayer. It is a little harder to actually live out what you pray.
Being a blessing to someone else is sometimes expensive, inconvenient and challenging. I’ve found myself, on occasion, living out the Parable of the Good Samaritan and not in a good way. In this story, God puts a man needing a blessing in the path of the priest and the Levite. The man had been stripped, robbed and beaten half to death. But, here’s what happened:
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:31-32 NIV
The Bible doesn’t explain exactly why the priest and the Levite missed the opportunity to help this man. However, from my own experience, I can throw out a few possibilities:
- They were wearing their good clothes.
- They were in a hurry to get to an appointment.
- They didn’t want to get involved in what looked like a messy situation.
- They didn’t have a lot of money in their wallet at that particular time.
- The man didn’t directly ask for their help.
I’m ashamed to say that these are all reasons that I’ve failed to help someone in need even after I prayed that God would give me the opportunity to be a blessing.
Learning to Go and Do Likewise
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36-37 NIV
I haven’t missed every opportunity that God has put in my path, but I’ve definitely missed some and for some really stupid reasons too. I kick myself afterwards when I realize how selfish I was. Perhaps, the priest and the Levite did the same. Anyway, I’ll keep asking God to give me the opportunities and maybe I’ll get better at being a blessing to others.