It’s been a long time since I last shared a devotional thought on this blog. I hope to be more regular in sharing my thoughts on this site. Please let me know by leaving a comment if these thoughts are helpful to you in any way. I would love to hear from you.
In the devotional thought below, I present a commentary of Luke 10:25-37 and conclude with a prayerful thought. Read on…
Recently, I preached a sermon that centered on the three attitudes found in the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. The people mentioned in the Scripture passage display the attitudes of the takers, the keepers and the givers. The robbers, on one hand, showed an attitude of the takers in that they took the man’s clothes. In keeping with their life’s philosophy they beat up the man and left him half dead. On the other hand, the religious leaders (represented by the priest and the Levite) exhibited an attitude of the keepers. They kept the blessings to themselves and did not do anything to help the dying man. The Scripture is clear: they both saw the man and passed by on the other side (verses 31 and 32). Lastly, the least expected thing happened when a foreigner belonging to the Samaritan Community (a mixed race that did not get along with Jews) stopped and helped the man. Unlike the robbers, the religious leaders, and other Samaritans, his generous act of love was good—he lifted the man up by cleaning his wounds, soothing them, and taking him to an inn where he was cared for at the Samaritan’s expense. The philosophy of the Good Samaritan is worth emulating—he lived his life with an attitude of giving. In essence, he was telling the man who fell among thieves, “What I have is yours, and I am going to share it with you.” There’s a lesson for us in Jesus’ challenge to the lawyer at the close of the Good Samaritan story, “Go and do likewise” (v. 37).
May God help us be a good neighbor to someone in need of our help, whether he or she resides down the street from us or comes from another region or race!