Mid Week Meditation

Mid Week Meditation pt. 40

Submitted on: March 1, 2018

“So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” (Luke 10:36) NKJV

Many of us have found ourselves, at one time or another, truly down and out. We have found ourselves at our wits end financially, physically, and spiritually as well. My grandfather used to talk about a time he was down so low that the gutter looked like a magnificent mountain. He would remind us that if we hadn’t been down and out we were truly blessed. We all go through tough times now and then. Some may have suffered so long they are beginning to feel like a poster child for pain. We all know folk who have suffered through many trials and tribulations.

Our text today, about a man suffering is one of the most familiar parables of the Bible. Folk who have only been a Christian for a little while know the story of the Good Samaritan. The text is arguably the most descriptive example of our challenge to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

A certain lawyer challenged Jesus’ knowledge of religious law by asking “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answers, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” The lawyer then wants to know, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answers the lawyer with a parable from the perspective of three men; a Priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan.

We may hear the story and think it is not difficult to decide which of the three Jesus wants us to be. However, let us consider instead that we are the helpless victim. Jesus does not explore the emotions of or give a voice to the man who fell among thieves. Yet we somehow surmise, from our own experience, what it must have been like to be in his shoes.

Jesus painted the victim in critical condition, down and out, left in a desperate situation, and in need of help. Three travelers would soon pass by. The first traveler a Priest probably adorned in the fine robes of his calling saw the victim but not wanting to get involved and to avoid contact, crossed the street. The next traveler a Levite chosen by God to perform the highest spiritual service actually went and looked at the poor man lying in the street and then crossed to the other side. The third traveleridentified as the Good Samaritan ignored the ramifications to his own reputation and allowed his own compassion to take over. He took charge of the situation and made a difference. He saw the need and he filled it.

God examines the sincerity of every Christian to see if we have lived up to His Word and His witness. Anybody can carry a big bible and wear a gold cross! Anyone can use “Amen” and “Praise the Lord” like punctuation marks, however, it takes a real Christian to do good work. And God knows the difference.

There is a secret that few people know about sacrifice. Lent is a time for us to think about sacrifice and what it can do to us as a person. When we give ourselves fully to God during Lent, we will be amazed at the transformation that occurs. There's something wonderful waiting to happen to us during this Lenten Season

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