Looking out for the needs of others will always require a cost, some sacrifice of time, money, energy, reputation, or privacy. Jesus sacrificed for you, and you become more like Jesus when you sacrifice for others.
In Luke, Jesus told a parable about the Good Samaritan, who found a man beaten and abandoned by the side of the road. The Samaritan Ã¢â‚¬Å“took [the man] to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, Ã¢â‚¬ËœTake care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll pay you the next time IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â (Luke 10:34-35 NLT).
He did this for a total stranger. He started by administering first aid at the scene of the crime. Then he put the man on his donkeyÃ¢â‚¬â€which, by the way, means the Good Samaritan walked. He checked the man into a motel, cared for him through the night, paid the bill in the morning, and pledged to cover any additional costs.
What did he gain from it? Nothing. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know the guy! The Good Samaritan stepped in to help without any concern for the sacrifice it might require. His focus was on the injured manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s needsÃ¢â‚¬â€just as Jesus is focused on your needs.
This is the way God planned it: You assume responsibility for the needs of hurting people around you while trusting God to meet your needs.