Next Day Ministry

As I was reading the parable of the Good Samaritan, a small portion of a verse caught my attention. In verse 35, after the Samaritan had bandaged the strangers' wounds and brought him to an inn and took care of his primary needs, the verse states, "On the next day…".  The Samaritan knew that his responsibility to the man didn't end simply by caring for his immediate need, but making sure there was a plan in place to care for the needs that arose after he left, and then following up to make sure it was taken care of.

We could be more effective in our ministry efforts in our churches if we simply would do some "next day ministry".  It's often the times shortly after the immediate needs are met that even more needs become evident.  "Next day ministry" gives us a chance to meet more needs and point people to the the One that can meet them all.