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OTHERS BEFORE SELF. CHRIST ABOVE ALL.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a great model for living as a Christian. As Christians, we are commanded to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This familiar story is Jesus’ response to the question “who is my neighbor?” You can read the full story in Luke 10:25–37, but here’s a summary. A man is robbed, beaten, and left by the side of the road to die. Two people pass him by without helping. Finally the Good Samaritan finds him, cares for his wounds, and pays for his recuperation.
What if all Christians followed this model for being a neighbor to the world around them? The Samaritan had:
ALERT EYES – Luke writes, “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him…” This Samaritan was going about his daily routine; he wasn’t on a mission trip or doing a service project or at a church event. His EYES were scanning his surroundings.
A COMPASSIONATE HEART – “…he took pity on him.” His HEART was full of compassion. He was selfless. The Samaritan was prepared for this moment—his heart wasn’t cold and distant, but warm and open.
QUICK FEET – “He went to him…” His FEET took him closer. He didn’t just care from a distance; he was willing to get close. This wasn’t just an “I’ll pray for you, brother,” it was an up close and personal encounter.
ACTIVE HANDS – “…and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.” The Samaritan was willing to get his HANDS dirty as he bandaged the wounded man. Can you imagine tending to the wounds of a stranger?
A GENEROUS ATTITUDE – “The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expenses you may have.” To top it all off, the Samaritan was GENEROUS with his money by paying for the man to stay at the inn. In that day, one silver coin was worth a full day’s wage. How many of us would give up two whole days of pay for someone we just met? That’s Jesus’ definition of a neighbor.
What if Christians lived each day with alert eyes, compassionate hearts, quick feet, active hands and a generous attitude?
SCRIPTURE FOR FURTHER STUDY
First time obedience – Exodus 3–4
What do you hate? – Proverbs 6:1–19
What talents has God given you? – Matt 25:14–30
The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25–37
Jesus and materialism – Luke 12:22–34
Love and obedience – John 14:15–24; 15:1–17
Becoming like Jesus – 2 Cor 3:18; 5:14–15; Phil 3:12–21
Work and worship – Col 3:22-25
What are you chasing? – 1 Tim 6:3–19
How do you show that your care? – James 1:22–27; 2:14–17