S: Luke 10:33-37 ~ “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
O: Unlike the priest & Levite, the Samaritan was moved with compassion for this injured man. He gave up his time, his money, and possibly even his own safety for the sake of helping another. Jesus’ point to those listening is that anyone and everyone is deserving of compassion and help. We don’t always get to pick and choose.
A: It takes one to know one…This Samaritan had most likely been overlooked, brushed by, and ignored many times. His compassion came from his inner being, and his act of kindness came from a deep desire to help, without applause or recognition. If we call ourselves followers of Jesus, we are called to be like Jesus – humble servants, looking out for the needs of others. Sometimes the deepest pains of life are opportunities to be His Hands and feet to others who may be dealing with the same or similar pains. We just have to be willing to be inconvenienced if necessary.
P: Lord, You alone know my heart and all that is so ugly deep down. Purify my heart, Lord. Refine me. May I see with Your eyes and be willing to be inconvenienced for Your sake, and the sake of leading others to You. May I step aside and allow You to work in me and through me, so You alone receive the glory due Your most Holy Name.