Look Again: We All Have The Resources to Follow the Footsteps of the Good Samaritan October 28, 2013
Have you ever been asked to make a list of your resources? I find I only consider mine when I need them. The rest of the time they remain undervalued and unrecognized. We have been considering the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) from many different perspectives. Today let us consider the story from the perspective of resources.
This traveling Samaritan had a donkey, wine, and oil (verse 34). We know that because it is mentioned in the story. He also was sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit because the story says he was “moved by compassion”(verse 33). These are resources of his that he gave freely to the victim. Then we must consider the less obvious contributions he made of his resources. He gave a lengthy gift of his time and his attention. And he incorporated into his contribution the time and attention of the innkeeper and the staff of the inn. He shared his sense of responsibility for future need by promising to return and give even more of his resources (verse 35).
And the story moves on to compare the contributions of the priest and the Levite to those of the Samaritan. Jesus asks who obeyed the commandment to love their neighbor as themselves. Ah, it was the Samaritan (verses36 &37).
As we move forward in this call to teach the Kingdom of God we follow in the footsteps of the good Samaritan. We have many personal resources. We have a great deal to contribute to any effort to minister to broken people. So much non-profit work is about fund raising. Good Samaritan Ministries is about contributing from our own resources and including others in the effort. It is in this way that His Kingdom is revealed as we follow Jesus and give new life to broken people. It is in this way that our Father in Heaven gives to us on a daily basis. Each day we are called to use the resources He supplies in the service of His Kingdom on Earth. “Go and do the same” (verse 37) He advised. What resources do you have to give this day and in the days ahead? We invite you to share them alongside us. “The harvest is ready and the laborers are few…”(Matt. 9: 37,38). We are calling you to His field.