Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” — LUKE 10:37
I have read the story of The Good Samaritan at least 100 times. I’ve heard it taught. I’ve heard it preached. I’ve even used it when I’ve had the opportunity to teach/speak/preach.
And through it all, they (and I) always focused on the MEAT of the story. The Good Samaritan. Despised as he may have been by the Jewish elite, he did not pass by the man in need after two other “elite”, if you would, not only passed by but passed by on the other side of the road so as to not see or become unclean. The Samaritan, however, not only took care of the man’s immediate needs for medical care. He also paid for a room for the man to stay and recover in, as well as paid for the man’s future needs - paying the innkeeper to not only take care of the man but also promised to reimburse him for any other out-of-pocket expenses he may incur.
And that’s a great lesson.
But the HEART of the story jumped out at me again today, and that’s Jesus’ final comment in the parable:
“Go and do likewise.”
Not only did He teach us about loving our neighbor, but He challenged to put that love lesson into action.
He challenged us to put our faith to work.
As we become more and more aware of the need around us...
As we begin to open our eyes and strive to make a difference...
As we begin to put our faith to work, who is our neighbor?
Where is there a need that we can help fulfill?
How can we shine the light of Jesus there?
Think and Pray
The Good Samaritan put his faith into action. It’s time for us to go and do likewise.
Father, give me eyes to see the opportunities in this day to serve others, to show them Christlike love, and to shine the light of Jesus. Interrupt my agenda with Yours! Amen.
Marty Stubblefield is a husband, father, businessperson, youth coach, former college basketball player, and the Executive Vice-President of CBMC-USA. Having spent 34+ years in Banking, Bank Administration and State Government across the Southeast, he brings a different view of faith, life, and the struggles we face in the marketplace and our day-to-day lives. He has been married to Amy for 27 years, has three daughters, a son-in-law, grandson, and two Labradoodles. He blogs weekly at oldlazydog.com.