Summary: Being a good Samaritan is more than being religious. It is doing something when you don't know what to do. It is giving to those you do not know. It is being Christ-like disciples.
Being the Good Samaritan
As you are turning to Luke 10, I want to talk to you about being a good Samaritan as well as living a life of a good Samaritan. I believe there is a difference. Being one is a reference to an act. Do a good thing!Occasionly. Living as a good Samaritan is living everyday as a person doing good things. Maybe better stated as a compassionate person.
My friend who I worked for many years was recently in the hospital with heart problems. It got so bad that they sedated him and gave him the paddles to get his heart back in rhythm. I would suppose nothing will get your attention so much as drastic measures. I thought of him and I thought of Joe Davaney in ICU critical care and it made me think. Hym... ICU people are in critical care mode. People should be willing to do what ever it takes to get you from critical to stable. Not one of them had advance notice. They were all going about their day and life....BAM! Like Emerald would say. Life suddenly takes a different look. As we look at this passage, a familiar passage. It is not about talking a good game, it is about living and reacting the way the Lord would want us to.
Rude people bother me. Racist people bother me. Really, this is about our attitude. “I don’t have time for this” “I don’t know him, and he doesn’t look like me, so I will just walk away.”
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.” Psalm 103:8 He has proven to us over and over that he cares for us. Even in our sin, he desires to breakthrough and impact our lives. The world changes, and would be a better place if/when people are compassionate to each other. If we all had an attitude that it is critical and being compassionate would make people more stable. Christ-like believers know that loving others, even when we do not know them is really what life is all about. Let’s take a look at this. Jesus is in a debated conversation with an expert in the law. Lawyer to Jesus- what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus says- what does the law say? How do you interpret it? The lawyer answers “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, And...love your neighbor as yourself.” you have correctly answered- do this and live!
Then the lawyer gets full of himself. He should of left it alone, but then he does something stupid. “And who is my neighbor?” (Where do I draw the line?) Jesus teaches by illustration and recites the story of the good Samaritan. Lets look at this.
Samaritan travels alone from Jerusalem to Jericho. Dangerous road to travel- known as the road of blood.
Robbers- who rob and beat this man almost to death.
Priest- who does not want to in-convenience himself and change his plans.
Levite- lay people of the Temple. To religious and to full of himself.
Good Samaritan- on a journey, living life, going about his business.