THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN:
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.
Verse 10:36 Which was neighbor the central issue is not determining who one’ s neighbor is, but being a good neighbor to all.
Verse 10:37 He who showed mercy: the lawyer apparently could not bring himself to say “Samaritan” and lend credence to the surprising reversal of stereotypes in the story.
If you and I were to ask people on the street what a “Good Samaritan” is, they would likely have some idea. Even if they don’t know the story in the Bible and then again they may know the story in the Bible The majority of us like to think of ourselves as Good Samaritans, even if we don’t think we are good.
The words of Jesus, verse 37, “Go and do likewise.” leave no doubt He is calling you and I to action. When the opportunity of need arises, we normally think of the cost of reaching out, and besides that, people will take advantage of us.
When I give to the homeless on the street, I say to myself, I am giving, even if they are hustling me, that is between them and God. Have you ever taken time to think of the loss? If you and I don’t reach out, we give up the chance to make an impact on the world for Christ.
In the gospel of Matthew we are told to go and make disciples.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Now in the gospel of Luke we are told to Go and do likewise. When you and I don’t go and do likewise, we give up the chance to walk in obedience and move more in line with the purpose for which God created us. It may well be what we give up has a much higher PRICE TAG than what it cost to help.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.
Courtesy of Edward Jeffries