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Luke 10:33 But when a Samaritan on a journey came upon him, he looked at him and had compassion. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he said, ‘and on my return I will repay you for any additional expense’.

People praise the Samaritan for his wonderful acts of kindness, but in order for him to be extremely helpful, he needed a surplus of money.

The Samaritan needed money for bandages, oil, wine, and hotel fees. The Samaritan had compassion and out of his compassion mixed with his surplus, he was able to be a blessing to the wounded man.

In verse 37, Jesus instructs us to do the same as the Samaritan, but how can we help someone if we only have enough for ourselves? How can we help the poor, homeless, or abused if we only have the bare minimum? How can we be a blessing if ministers continue to stand in front of their congregation opposing prosperity?

We can have all the compassion in the world, but without a surplus of money, our compassion is limited. Believe God for financial excess to be the blessing He has called us to be.

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