On the next day, when [the Samaritan] departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.”
What is the most you have ever given, spontaneously, to a person in need? A dollar? Five, ten dollars, or more? How about the equivalent of what you earn in two days? There are 260 working days in the year (52 weeks x 5 days per week). Divide 260 into your annual salary and see what you come up with. Would you give that much money to a person in need--someone you didn’t know?
That’s what the “good Samaritan” did who stopped to help a man who had been beaten and robbed on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. The Samaritan tended to the injured man’s wounds, then took him to an inn and gave the innkeeper two denarii—the equivalent of two days’ wages—to look after the injured man (Matthew 20:2). He even promised the innkeeper he would cover any additional expenses incurred when he passed that way again. Writing a check for two or three hundred dollars today sounds like a lot. And it is! But love and compassion are costly and require sacrifice.
Giving until it hurts means we have crossed the line between convenience and sacrifice.
The limit of giving is to be the limit of our ability to give.
C. S. Lewis