How does the good Samaritan relate to life today? We will talk about that today as it is something heavy on my heart. But first, let’s start with this verse.
Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you, with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
This verse SHOULD give ALL believers the reassurance we need to know we aren’t alone when telling others about Jesus Christ. It SHOULD be easy to share how God has transformed our lives and he could do the same for them too. It SHOULD make us be bolder. We have the best helper the Holy Spirit and he lives within us. Notice I said SHOULD. “Can I share with you the grace he freely offers to you?”
If you are like me, it can be intimidating to approach someone and say “Do you know Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior?”
See, not so confident, are we?
You see Friends, we live in a broken world with broken hurting people and sometimes it is hard to reach out when we don’t fully understand why God allows pain. Sadly, it is going to get much worse before the return of Jesus Christ.
This should light a fire in us to share the gospel with more urgency
- Why do we think we aren’t capable enough?
- Why do we have ourselves convinced it is only up to our Pastors and Elders ONLY to do so?
- We are so “Caught Up,” in our own fast-paced lives, to care that people are lost, and need direction.
Many souls are dying and going to Hell simply because we don’t tell them for fear of rejection.
What is wrong with us? Shame on us.
Trust me, this is a reminder for ME also. I’m not just saying YOU need to do YOUR part in telling others about God’s saving grace. I have a big ole finger-pointing at me too! We should be begging God to give us opportunities. Are you ready to hear the BLUNT TRUTH Y’all? God does give us opportunities. He gives them to us every day.
If we still have breath in our lungs we need to be telling the lost and hurting world that Jesus Christ loves us all enough to:
- Die on a Roman Rugged Cross for everyone’s Sins.
- Bore the wrath of God on our behalf.
We don’t deserve God’s grace but he has freely given it to All!
God Loves us Unconditionally even when we despised, rejected, and turned him away. God loves us through the storms. The BEST part is he loves us where we are right now in this very moment not where we need to be.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance, a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 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, 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. Luke 10:25-37
How Does the Good Samaritan Relate to Life Today?
Pastor Greg Locke was in my area a week ago.
I have only seen short clips of him on Facebook until this night. I have seen enough that I know he stands on the word of God and doesn’t bow down to the worlds thinking. He gets slammed for standing on biblical truth but he doesn’t let that stop him from sharing the Gospel boldly. My Prayer is that I can be half as bold as he is when it comes to reaching others.
His sermon was on the Good Samaritan.
I have heard these verses, countless times in many services but FINALLY “GOT IT! “I guarantee you, that I wasn’t the only one. Pastor Locke was speaking on how we, “The Church,” aren’t seeking out the lost and hurting, in our own community. There are MANY people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, depression, abuse,etc…..that are broken, and need Christ, as Lord and Savior, over their life.We must model Jesus Christ's example to ALL those around us who are broken and hurting NOT just the ones we are comfortable with! Click To Tweet
Below are 5 Ways the Good Samaritan relates to our lives today?
1. The Good Samaritan didn’t walk away.
In other words, he was actually “DOING” what the Scriptures tell you and I to do. He wasn’t just saying I “NEED” to do this, and not following through with actions. He was being the hands and feet of Jesus and following Christ’s example of Love and Compassion.
2. The Good Samaritan didn’t care that he was considered a Despised Race.
Samaritans were considered the lowest of lows as far as the race was considered at this time period. Even knowing this he did NOT let that stop him from helping the injured man. How often do You and I not follow this example? We judge by outward appearances if we consider them to be “WORTHY” of lending a helping hand.
3. The Good Samaritan managed his finances Well.
In Biblical times they had much less as far as the World’s standards are in comparison today but from Scriptures they were satisfied. Can we say the same? As a Nation, we are incredibly spoiled and are always looking for the next BIGGER and BETTER thing to come along instead of helping those worse off than You and I are.
4. The Good Samaritan was Trustworthy.
In any case, I think it’s safe to assume the Samaritan proved he was honest when he showed empathy for the beaten man left on the side of the road. He helped someone when they needed it even though it was an individual who basically hated him. If you came upon someone who wronged YOU would YOU show the same trustworthiness and help them in spite of how you may have been wronged?
5. The Good Samaritan was Charitable.
The injured man was near death when the Good Samaritan found him. Not only did he help him out of the situation but he took it upon himself to care for him for an extended amount of time. Nevertheless, this was an individual who basically hated him yet he saw beyond that boundary and yet he chose to display the path as Christ would honor.
So How does the Good Samaritan relate to life today in conclusion?
We shouldn’t just be Good Christian’s Stewards on Sunday’s which is a good thing but we need to be reaching people outside the walls of our sanctuary also. We sit back and stay in our own comfort zone as the world around us is hurting and needing to know about Jesus. Talk about an eye-opener.
I Pray that you walk away with the desire to reach the lost and hurting people around you because God wants to use you too.
Watch the video of Pastor Locke’s sermon, and see if it doesn’t light a fire, in your soul as well.