Daily Devotion - April 16, 2021 - The Attitude of the Good Samaritan

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – April 16, 2021
Luke 10:33-35
Weekly Theme: Attitudes towards the Needs of Others
Today: The Attitude of the Good Samaritan

This week our theme has been about the way that we might respond to the needs of others. We may each pass by people in need every day and in the hustle and bustle of everyday life walk or ride right on by without giving a second thought to what the needs of that person are. We may also see them but not respond with action because we are afraid or in a hurry to get to work or pick kids up from practice or meet a friend for dinner. We may have even felt at times that what ever situation has placed them “in need”, is of their own doing. No matter what the reason, generally speaking, society has become insensitive towards the needs of others whether intentional or not. Over time, we may have become so use to seeing them that we have accepted it as “just the way things are”.

Jesus had a different perspective and in the parable of the Good Samaritan informs the expert in law who initiated this conversation when he asked what must he do to inherit eternal life.  We may know from other stories in the Bible, such as the woman at the well, that Samaritans were not perceived to be good. They were shunned and avoided by Jewish people because of cultural and spiritual differences. But this Samaritan was “one of the good ones”. As he was walking, following behind the robbers who had stripped and beaten the man, and a priest and Levite who most likely saw the man and went out of their way to avoid him, knowing he was injured and in need of help, the good Samaritan saw him, had pity on him, went to him, bandaged his wounds, put him on his donkey, took him to an inn where he took care of him and then paid the innkeeper to care for him until he returned and would reimburse him for any extra expense. Why would Jesus tell this story to the law expert? Simply put, he told him to give him a descriptive story of what true mercy looks like and then to command him to go and do likewise.  To live out the love of God in this way, thus reflecting one who has received and is living out the grace of God.

This story also reflects what God requires or expects of us as so beautifully proclaimed and prophesied by Micah, who says “God has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6;8). As we go through our day to day lives, hurrying and scurrying from one place and event to another, let us be ever mindful of those in need. May we see them, be full of pity and respond by bandaging their wounds, whether they are physical, spiritual, emotional or mental. May we take care of them without question to set an example for those who claim to be religious but do not respond, and even more importantly, to show those in need that they are loved by God as well as those who follow God. Remember the first step is to open our eyes and see them, and not walk by and miss out on the opportunity to serve God and neighbor.

Dear God, thank you for the Good Samaritan who himself faced sneers and jeers but who took action to take care of a fellow human being without asking any questions. Help us to set the example for others and mostly to show love and mercy and justice to those in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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