Luke 10:25 - On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luke 10:29 - But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Luke 10:25-28 answers the question, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life”? Jesus makes it clear, Love the Lord and Love your neighbor. Matthew 22 calls this the Great Commandment.
A man is found on the side of the road after a band of robbers beat and stripped him. A priest and Levite passed the man, not stopping to help the man! A Samaritan, who is half Jewish and half Gentile comes to help the man! The Israelites had no dealings with the Samaritans. The fact a Samaritan stops to help a Jewish person is a big deal! The Samaritan showed compassion, took care of the man’s wounds, took him to an inn, and handled the bill.
How many times have you thought someone else will handle it? When you have to help someone is it an inconvenience for you? We see with the Samaritan, he took the time to take care of the man’s physical and financial needs. The Samaritan could have been on his way to church, work, or even home. Let’s not make people an inconvenience but an opportunity to love on them!
Lord, show us opportunities to love others and take care of their needs! Give us a heart for people and for those who are hurting. I pray when the physical needs are being met, the spiritual needs open up!