Luke 10:36-37 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Today’s reading was jam-packed with goodness. From the seventy disciples being sent out, to victory over Satan, to the Good Samaritan, and Mary at Jesus’ feet, it’s hard to journal just one. But today we’ll write about the Good Samaritan. In regard to this parable, Jesus’ final words are to “go, and do thou likewise”. If He wants us to do likewise, it might be a good idea to know what “likewise” is. I looked at what he did, and how I can apply it in my life with my “neighbors”.
- He had compassion – might God give us a compassion for the hurting, whose lives have been broken and beaten by sin. And there’s no shortage of people like this both here in our city, as well as the other side of the world. Might my heart break for the things that break God’s heart.
- He went to him – He didn’t stop with a feeling of pity. He did something about it. Many times I have seen someone or something that’s moved my heart and soul, and yet sat idly by. If we’re to do likewise, we must allow our compassion to move us to action – toward the single mom that needs help, or to the marriage that is about to be broken, or the into a conversation with the abused young person, or to the lost and lonely because of sin, or the poor and destitute.
- He bound him up – He began the messy work of binding up the messy wounds that the world and the evil had caused. We must be willing to do messy work sometimes, late nights or early mornings, binding the broken heart, healing the deep wounds that sin leaves, and mending that which has been torn apart.
- Pouring in wine and oil – He didn’t stop with just mending. He wanted a cleansing, and a cleaning up. He used his own resources, that he had bought with his hard earned money, and began to pour in the cleansing, fragrant agents. If we’re to follow this example, we must not be satisfied with a simple bandage, or outer solution. We must be willing to do what it takes to work and teach and give until there is a cleansing and restoring inwardly – and this takes work and time.
- He Brought him to the inn – He brought him to a place where he was more likely to be able to take care of him, where others were lodging, safe from the elements and from the world. I think of the church, or warmth of our homes, where people can come for a meal, a Bible study, for fellowship with others who have found shelter and life.
- He followed up and followed through – He didn’t leave him after he brought him into the inn, but continued to care for him, both emotionally and financially. He went back out into the highway, but came again to see if there was a need. He went back out to work, but continued to check back with the “innkeeper” to see how he was doing. Once we bind someone up, and bring them in, we’re not to stop working with and checking up on them. In essence, they’re our responsibility, and not the innkeeper’s. We are to do this until we know they’re whole. This is what the Good Samaritan did.
If we’re to “go and do thou likewise”, these are some things we must implement in our lives and ministries as we work with people. My prayer this morning is that I’d follow this exhortation and example in Scripture.