As we read this story in Acts 3, we recall of the story of the Good Samaritan because in both we meet those who cannot help themselves. In our 21st century culture as in the 1st-century culture, there is a caste system. There are those who are “touchable” and those who are “untouchable.” We easily ask WWJD (what would Jesus do) but how about WWYD (what would you do?) or to make it more personable; WWID (what would I do)?
Do we cross the street and avert our gaze? Do we walk in haste so we can be on time for _____you fill in the blank? We save our pennies that we might enrich the church offering plate, but, what about those whose lives need agape compassion so that they might have enough to purchase a meal with dignity?
Jesus, Peter and John had obviously walked by this beggar for many a day yet no healing had occurred. Why now? Why only him? This was God’s timing and God’s lesson book being opened. We better not miss what He is teaching us about agape compassion for those in need, and what gifts the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon us to share.
Dr. Luke wants us to see a man who needs God’s loving touch and how we can be God’s instrument of God’s agape compassion. But more importantly, he wants us to leap, walk, and praise God for what only God can do! May God get the glory and not we ourselves. May we step into the situation as the Good Samaritan and say if more is needed I will fill it when I return.
So here’s the deal; when was the last time you or I have showered God’s agape compassion upon an “untouchable” a.k.a. the homeless person God has put in our path?
We have the best gift of all, the gospel. Are we not only offering our pennies but the good news of salvation to the “untouchables” in our society?