Luke 10: 29- 37
- By Chiamaka O.
Beloved, we all know the story of the good Samaritan, and if you do not, I encourage you to read the above listed scripture text. Today, I want us to understand from that portion of scripture or story is the state of the church today. Are we a church that cares? When I say "Church" of course I mean the Body of Christ (believers). How many of us can say we are truly our "Brother's keeper"? How many of us show compassion and empathy for our fellow brother or sister passing through tough times or even genuinely rejoice with them when they are going through a time of rejoicing for what God has done in their lives.
Let us ponder on this for just a moment!
In the story of the good Samaritan, we see 3 individuals traveled down a road in which they all encountered a seriously injured laying almost dead on the side of the road and all reacted in different ways. Brethren, the first 2 individuals who came upon this injured man were supposedly men of the cloth ( godly men) and the last individual was a man whose people were treated as outcasts in the society. The first 2 men saw this injured individual and kept going without looking back, you would have expected any one of them to show compassion and pity to this person as it has been taught in God's Word right! The first man, a priest was someone who probably stood at the altar and read the God's laws and commands to the people of God day in day out talking about "Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself " etc. When it came to putting it into practice, what did he now do? It was amazing that the one who did not profess to be a child of God, a man of God or a follower of Christ was the one who now helped this wounded man, not only did he stop and clean up his wounds, vs 34 but he went a step further to find a place where he could stay until he was strong enough to continue his journey and even paid for the injured man's stay and assured the inn keeper that he will return and pay any additional expenses. What a remarkable man he was!
This is genuine Christianity and God 's love in action. Brethren, in the church today, we see all kinds of evil being done under the sun. believers waging war against each other, seeds of discord being sown, fellow believers taking each other to court, falsely accusing one another, selfishness, unforgiveness and the list goes on. Beloved, it is time for us to repent and put on the fruit of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23. Without the fruit of the spirit operating in our lives, we cannot be the loving and caring church that our Lord and Savior designed for us to be. We must show the world that we are a Church that has its foundation built on the love of Christ and wherever we are or go, God's love must be paramount. Matthew 5:16 reminds us that we should let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven.
Let us be a Church that cares, showing compassion and kindness to our fellow brothers and sisters and also to the world.
I pray you are blessed by this message!