Good Samaritan - Part 5

Opening Prayer

I thank you God for all you have done in my life.  Help me to show Jesus to a world that desperately needs His love.

 

Read:   Luke 10:30-37 (NIV)

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

Reflect

We have all heard and probably used the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words”.  It is always easier to join a conversation about an issue give our opinion walk away and never take a step of action to solve the problem discussed.  Jesus’ story of the good Samaritan cuts to the heart of this issue.  Just seeing the suffering or talking about it is not a reflection of who God is.  The second chapter of James explains that if our faith is not followed up with action than perhaps we have a dead faith.  Our belief in God and His provision of Jesus dying on the cross for us must move us to a living faith.  One that “shows” Christ who lives in us.

 

Apply

Think about your schedule over the last three months.  How are you intentionally showing Christ to a suffering world?   Ask God to show you where He is working and where He wants you to join Him.

Closing Prayer

God, I want to be an action person for your kingdom.  Please show me the “one” that needs your Good News.