1/24/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Luke 10:25-42)
A lawyer who sought self-justification attempted to manipulate Jesus Christ with his question. With intention to validate his self-righteousness, he asked Jesus, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25). Jesus told him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:27-37).
A good Christian ought to be a good neighbor, but who is a good Christian? Jesus Christ narrated the story of “Good Samaritan” to answer the question (Luke 10:27-37). Meanwhile, it could be concluded from the story that a good Christian is not the most spiritual man or woman who lives down the block/street. A good Christian is someone who connects with the feelings of others, and he/she is willing to offer some assistance. A good Christian is not selfish, but he/she genuinely pursues good welfare of others, so that they can live happily and fulfilled life on earth.
Dear God, please make me a Christian that loves other people with all my heart. Help me to have selfless attitude towards them. Let me be a part of people’s solution, and not become a part of their problems. Please let me be your true ambassador on earth, and let me be duly rewarded for representing you well. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.