The Message (MSG)
30-32Jesus answered by telling a story. "There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
33-35"A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I'll pay you on my way back.'
The priest saw the man from a distance and left him.
The Levite came and looked at him, got close to him, yet offered him nothing.
Some people see the lost, broken, unloved and weak but won’t go to where they are. Others will come to where they are but merely look at them. Close and looking but not seeing.
The Samaritan went to where he was and saw the ‘man’s condition.’ Many of us only look at people in one dimension, seeing them but not their condition. As the Samaritan approached, an evolution began in his heart. A sense of urgency came upon him and he knew he had to respond. This gives us obvious implications on how we are to live our lives as Christ-followers.
We are to go to the need.
Don’t just walk past people today, looking at them but not seeing the condition. The condition of their heart, their joy, peace, & hope. Perhaps the world and even the church have left them stripped, bruised, and broken. You are the answer they are looking for. Live like you see you see it and respond.
For God’s Renown!