Am I A Good Samaritan?

04/06/2014 22:17

Luke 10:25-37

King James Version (KJV)

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Today in church my pastor taught on the Good Samaritan.  I have heard this sermon numerous times, but it struck me in the different way.  In the story of the Good Samaritan, it talks about how the Priest and the Levite passed the man by that fell into trouble.  My pastor posed the question,(I will paraphrase), "How many times have we seen someone down on their luck, make a judgement call, and passed them by, without helping them?" You really don't have to do anything wrong to fall on hard times.  Let's not forget Job fell on hard times, and he did he do anything? NO!!!!!  It was orchestrated by the Lord.  How many times have I been too busy, watching Scandal, to pick up the phone when someone needs me?  I have my own issues I say, I need my "me time", they only call me when they are in trouble, etc. etc!!!!!!! 

Where is the compassion?  Am I really being a servant?  Am I my brother's keeper?  We must be careful how we treat people.  The Bible admonishes us as well that we could be entertaining angels unaware, (Hebrews 13:2).  I have a lot of work to do in this area.  So my challenge or our challenge this week is to ask God to send someone for you to help along the way.  Are you a Good Samaritan?

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