A Parable on Gifts, Talents, and the Needs of Others.

An adaptation of the Parable of the Good Samaritan

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead.

A chef on his way from the market passed by and saw that he was in pain and suffering and said, “Oh my! I was just praying this morning that God would give me an opportunity to serve using my great talents as a chef. This must be a sign!” So the chef built a fire immediately and cooked a wonderful stew, leaving it in front of the dying man’s face and wished him well.

Not much later, another Christian passed by and said, “What a gloomy sight! You are blessed, brother, because I am a professional Christian vocalist, and I have just the song to help you get well.” The singer sang a beautiful medley of “Make Me a Servant”, “Give the Heart of a Servant”, and “Balm of Gilead” and then continued on, rejoicing that using her gift of singing had left her feeling used by God and fulfilled. “I’m so blessed,” she thought.

But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?

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