Pastor Lester Holland

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It’s another name for the Good Samaritan. The meaning of Philanthropist is a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

Luke 10:25-37 NKJV

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Like the rich young ruler, this lawyer is also wanting to inherit eternal life (Zoe), the God kind of life. He had money, power, position and yet he realized he was still missing something. He obviously saw this God kind of life in others and wanted it. And Jesus explains to him, like he did with the rich young ruler, that the way to get this life, is to get it first to others. When you make it your aim to get salvation into the hands of others, then God will support what you do. When you support us in getting the gospel preached to others, God will support what you do.

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

In other words, what is your bible interpretation of it. How do you see it? Some people just use certain scriptures for their advantage but then ignore the other parts they don’t like. It doesn’t work like that. You must embrace every part of the Bible.

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

Those are the only two commandments Jesus said you and I must keep.

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

Jesus said, DO what you just told me, and you will live. You will inherit that eternal life you are asking for. It’s not what you know in the Bible that works for you, it’s what you do. The Bible works for doers. This man was hearing and studying these things, but he wasn’t doing it. He is telling others what they must do but he is not practicing it himself. And he knew that something was missing in his life. (Zoe – The God kind of life). Before you tell others what to do, first do it yourself and then you will gain credibility.

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Your neighbor is anyone who is nearby. Not just the person who lives next door to you. Your neighbor is anyone who needs your help at the time. Your neighbor is anyone who is created in the image and likeness of God and needs your love and help.

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Now who was the cause of that? Who comes to steal, kill and destroy? The devil. God was not the cause of that. This man fell victim to what the devil did. God was in The Philanthropist, the Good Samaritan, showing compassion to this man. Don’t be prejudiced and judgmental and look for a reason why people are in trouble. Just be like Jesus and show compassion and help them as much as you can.

31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

He was a priest in the temple. Telling others how to live right and do right. He saw the situation, but he had no compassion. He was probably in a hurry to go and preach on the love of God somewhere else.

32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

He also looked but passed by. He didn’t want to be inconvenienced. He had other plans and this situation would interrupt his plans. The Christian life is not always a life of convenience. You must be open and allow the Holy Spirit to interrupt your plans so that He can lead you into God’s plan.

Would you like people to look the other way when you are in any kind of trouble? No. Well, then don’t do it others.

Proverbs 21:13 NLT

Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.

Psalm 41:1-3 NLT

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. 2 The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies. 3 The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

Jews and Samaritans have no dealings. The Jews were very prejudiced and did not like the Samaritans. The Jews despised them, ignored them and didn’t want to have anything to do with them. And why, because of their colour or their religion. Did you already dislike somebody, and you never even met them? You saw their pics or what they stand for and you disliked them but yet you never sat with them to get to know their heart. That’s being prejudiced. It’s pride. You think you better than others.

Proverbs 6:16-17 AMPC

These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others]…

Proverbs 16:18 NKJV

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall

And see who helped him. Even his own nation, the Jews didn’t want to help him. Be very careful. God might use the very person you despise and don’t like, to help you out of your situation and to make you realize that you are not better than them.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

That’s the key. We must go where the needs are. We must see it and compassion will rise up to do something about it. We must go where God is needed the most.

34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

The Good Samaritan, The Philanthropist is a picture of Jesus who came to us. We fell and were born into sin and danger, but Jesus rescued us. He paid the price for our lives and well-being, not with sliver and gold but with His own precious blood. This man was blessed and had money and his own animal. Why? Because he was a blessing. He lived with the mindset of “Lord, make me a blessing wherever I go”. When you and I live and think like that, then Jesus will fund and support what we do. He ministers seed to the sower not the keeper. Live Blessing Minded. You can’t help others if you don’t have. It’s God’s will for you to have plenty, not so that you can spend it all on yourself but so that you can be a blessing, preventing misfortune in other people’s lives.

Also notice that the man couldn’t stay all the time. He had a business and he needed to get to Jericho. That speaks about boundaries. Some people think that if you are a Christian, you must be just be available for them 24/7. No! This man had a business deal to close. We are responsible to others but not for others. We are responsible for ourselves.

Galatians 6:2 NKJV

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

This verse shows our responsibility TO one another. Many times other people have “burdens” that are too big to bear. They do not have enough strength, resources, or knowledge to carry the load, and they need help. We are showing the sacrificial love of Christ when we do for others what they cannot do for themselves. That is what Jesus did for us. He knew we couldn’t save ourselves so He came and rescued us. This is being responsible TO someone. It’s like somebody who ends up in a crisis or tragedy, loss of job or house, divorce or separation. We must be there to help them get back on their feet.

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Galatians 6:5 NKJV

For each one shall bear his own load.

Everyone has responsibilities that only he or she can carry. The study of the Greek word for burden means “excess burdens” or burdens that are so heavy that they weigh us down. They can crush us. The study of the Greek word for load means “cargo” or the burden of daily toil. These are the everyday things that we all need to do. These loads are like knapsacks. Knapsacks are possible to carry, and we are expected to carry it ourselves. We must take responsibility for our own feelings, behavior and attitudes even though it takes effort. Problems arise when people act as if their “boulders” are daily loads and they refuse help. And others again want you to carry their knapsacks what is their responsibilities. You can’t please everyone, and you can’t be everywhere.

36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Let us go and DO likewise. Let us do what Jesus has shown us to do. Let us not just be hearers but doers. That’s where the God kind of life is. Giving of yourself and your things to others. This Christmas allow God to interrupt your plans if necessary, in order to help others. One act of kindness or words that you speak might bandage and heal the wounds of us. Start seeing others. Start noticing others. Acknowledge them. Don’t just walk pass. If you are in a position to help those who are in a crisis, then do so.

It’s amazing. People will notice things before they’ll notice other people. They’ll admire an expensive car and never even see the person driving it. They’ll appreciate buildings, clothes and jewellery, and ignore the people in them as if they’re totally insignificant. But when we fall into that, we’re being deceived. People are far more important than things. Never use people to get things. Use things to bless and show God’s love to people.

Ps. Lester Holland