Summary: Being a friend to the hurting makes a huge difference in their life.
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The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
27 He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
POWERPOINT - Pictures of Jerusalem Road (5 pics, ending with one along the mountainside)
when he fell into the hands of 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.
In their defense:
> They were self-protecting. The robbers could have been waiting up on the rocks to see if someone stopped.
> They were probably on their way to Jerusalem to serve in the temple, which happened pretty rarely because of the large number of priests and levites. This was a huge honor and responsibility -- something a man might only get to do once.
> They probably felt like there wasn't much they could do... and if they did, it would take too long.
> If they touched a dead body, they would be unable to serve in the Temple --
"I have something to do for God..." "Just wish I knew what God wanted me to do..."
But do you do the thing in front of you?
Do you love the person in front of you?
The temptation is to think that it's some great thing -- but it might be just faithfulness with the unsavory task that's right in front of you. :)
"Someday I'm going to change the world, but right now, I have to change this kid's diaper."
It might be that the great plan of God is that you would simply do right, love your husband or wife, pray with them, invite people to church, show God's love, train your children, feed them -- LOVE the ones RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
If God's got something bigger, it will involve faithfulness with the little things first.
Holy Spirit-inspired vision...
Do you really see?
These guys saw, but not with God's eyes.... just human eyes.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
Literally in Greek, He had a gut-wrenching feeling for him. He was moved all the way down to his heart, to his gut.
Holy Discontent - Billy Hybels
Not discontent that I want a bigger house and a better car and a smarter phone... but HOLY discontent.