Willing To Be That Good Samaritan?
Luke 10:30-35 (NKJV)
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, 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.
34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 On the next day, when he 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.’
Further study: Luke 10:25-37 (NKJV)
In this parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus is imparting to us an invaluable lesson. He is teaching us to be the good Samaritan. We read that a man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and was robbed and wounded. He was left half dead. A priest saw him but by-passed him, similarly a Levite came and looked, and by-passed him. Lastly, a Samaritan came. He had compassion on the wounded man, took care of him and brought him to rest in an inn.
The scene of the wounded man, the priest, the Levite and the good Samaritan can be illustrated in our modern day context. Let’s take the wounded man as someone who is drowning. The priest represents passerby number one. He sees the drowning man but is too busy with so many things. He is chasing after the next promotion, trying to find himself a wife, thinking of ways to earn his first million dollars. Perhaps passerby one may think he doesn’t have any extra time to save the drowning man. Or maybe as much as he may want to help, passerby one doesn’t want to be called a “busybody”. So he walks away from the drowning man. Then comes passerby number two, represented by the Levite. Passerby two hears a commotion. He goes over and sees the drowning man. The first reaction he has is to take out his smartphone and start recording the struggles of the drowning man and immediately uploads to his social media platforms. After the upload has been completed, he walks away thinking about how many “likes” and “shares” he’ll get from this exclusive video clip. Last but not least, passerby three comes by. He sees the drowning man and does everything he can to save the drowning man. He doesn’t give up until the man is saved. Do you think the actions of both passerby one and passerby two are unacceptable? Are you cringing your face at the thought of these two men’s behavior?
Although we may not encounter a man or woman who is physically drowning, there are certainly many people who are drowning spiritually. These spiritually drowning people are all round us. They may be people who have yet to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” It’s only until we have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that we can receive the gift of eternal life. Do you have the compassion to reach out to those around you who have yet to know Jesus? Are you willing to be that good Samaritan to share the good news of Jesus, to teach and disciple others? Some others may be spiritually drowning due to the heavy burdens and weights they are carrying. The truth will set them free. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Are you willing to be the good Samaritan to share with them the important truth so that they can have their burdens exchanged for rest and be freed?
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word that brings life. I surrender my life to You to be the good Samaritan. I pray that You mould me and soften my heart. I pray that my heart will always be tender and compassionate towards those who are around me, especially the spiritually drowning ones. Lord, open my eyes and let me see the struggles that people are facing. Let Your Word be engraved in my heart and my mind, so that I may always be ready to encourage others with Your Word. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus’ most powerful Name I pray, AMEN!”