“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
Luke 10: 36-37 (NLT)
Take a minute and read the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 25-37.
Before we can begin in the mission field, we must carefully examine our hearts and think about how we view others. And it doesn’t just mean the people around you that you see every day. It means others as in other races, gender, political views, religious views, and the list goes on and on. That is one message than can be taken from this parable in Luke 10. Jesus is asking the scribe to examine the three men in the story, two of which he would approve and one he despises, and evaluate his preconceived notions about them.
During this time, the Jews and Samaritans did not get along. In fact, they pretty much hated each other. They grew up hating each other. In this parable when the Jewish man is left for dead, the two Jewish leaders leave him for someone else to take care of. It is the Samaritan man who stops and cares for his enemy. He doesn’t just care for him though. He feels pity, gives him medicine, bandages him, gives him a ride, takes him to an inn, and pays for the man to stay there. The scribe knew that the Samaritan is the one who was a true neighbor.
Jesus made it clear the we are to “go and do the same”. That means with everyone we come across. Everyone that we have the ability to help. Everyone that we can show love to. Even those that we have grown up believing to be different, strange, or even hate. There is no limit.
- How could the parable of the Good Samaritan apply to your day to day life? To your church? To our country? To what you see in the world today?
- What are some preconceived notions that you have about others? What do you need to do to change that?
- How can you begin to show love to everyone?
Ask God to reveal to you any preconceived biases/notions/beliefs that you have towards others that don’t demonstrate His love. Ask him to remove these from your heart and replace them with love. Ask God to show how you can begin to help everyone you come into contact with, especially those that the world turns away from.