33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Sometime ago I was listening to a message on the Good Samaritan regarding “Who Is My Neighbor”. A phrase the preacher read in “Luke 10:34 And went to him…” jumped out at me, “went…to…him”. So often I’ve heard individuals say, “I want to help someone but I just don’t know who or how.” Or better yet, “they didn’t ask for help so I don’t want to interfere”. From time to time, many of us have even had that very thought ourselves. As I sat there thinking of that phrase, a couple of things came to mind.
1. He was unable to ask for help… he had been beaten insensibly… Luke 10:30…leaving him half dead.
2. His circumstance was definitely visible… Luke 10:31…a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
3. He chose to go to him. Luke 10:34 And went to him,
As I thought about these things, I couldn’t help but think about other discussions I’ve heard over and over again. “How do we get people into our churches?” Then it began to dawn upon me…he, the good Samaritan, went to him!
1. He didn’t wait for a plea of help from the hurting…
2. He didn’t try to ignore the need that was right in front of him.
3. He took responsibility for what was right in front of him. He showed compassion, went out of his way and spent his time and energy to help someone in need.
So often God has placed things right in the MIDDLE of the road for us, and yet we walk right around it like the Priest and the Levite. We convince ourselves that someone else will take care of it, that we’re too busy. All the while many are dying right in front of us!
Heavenly Father, help us to see who You have put in our pathway, may we not ignore but go and help them!