None of us can save everybody. None of us can feed all the poor. None of us can stop every murder, rape, and violent crime. If nations struggle with these problems, it only stands to reason that no church and definitely no person can solve them, either. However, we’re not called to solve them entirely.
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ – Luke 10:30-35, ESV
Jesus used this parable to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ point was that everyone are our neighbors. If there is a person in need, and we are in a position to help, we should help. That comes through very clearly in the parable. That should be our guiding principle when it comes to helping others. No, we can’t help everybody. However, that’s not Jesus’ expectation. He expects us to help where we can when we see the need.
That’s doable. We don’t have to try big efforts as individuals. We just have to try to meet the needs in front of us that we’re able to meet. We’re not going to be able to meet them all. However, if we’re all trying to help, what one person can’t meet another person can. If all of us who are called by Christ were to step up and help where we can, there would be a whole lot of needs met.
As churches we can tackle bigger needs than as individuals. However, churches can see a big need and feel overwhelmed. The same principle applies: we do what we can. As more churches actively seek to meet the needs around them, the problems become smaller and more manageable. Folks get helped. Just because we can’t help all doesn’t mean we should give up on helping some. Whether we are talking about individuals or churches, let us do what we can.