The Stranded Dave Matthews
Back in 2013, Emily Kraus and her boyfriend were on their way to a concert when they passed by a stranded bicyclist. They decided to stop and give the man a lift. When they did, they learned that he was, in actuality, Dave Matthews. They were on their way to his concert. Matthews had gone out on a preconcert ride in Hershey, PA when his bicycle broke, stranding him miles away from the venue and without a cell phone. Emily and her boyfriend, for their “good Samaritan” act, were invited to have dinner with Matthews and front row seats at the concert.
Good deeds frequently go rewarded. Jesus encourages us, in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, to seek whom we might serve as a neighbor. “Which of these three – the priest, the Levite, the Samaritan,” Jesus asked the lawyer, “- do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” (Luke 10:36). The lawyer could not bring “Samaritan” across his lips, so he responded, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Jesus told him, and us today, “Go and do the same.”
Be a friend to the one in need. There are times, like Emily and her boyfriend, when we might be rewarded surprisingly here on this earth. The author of Hebrews admonishes us: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).
However, more often than not, we will not receive any reward or recognition here in this world. Yet, a good deed deserves to be done for the sake of doing good to others. There is One who sees, remembers, and rewards. Jesus teaches in Matthew 10:42 that a cup of cold water does not go unnoticed by the Father in heaven.
Perform the small acts of kindness and God will reward you greatly.
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