Go Thou And Do Likewise

Luke 10:30-37… In the story of the Good Samaritan, we find a great example of servanthood, the servanthood that God requires from all of us. In this story we find a man on his way to Jericho who was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. The Levite came along and did not want to get involved, so he crossed the road and went on by. The priest came by and saw the hurt man. He didn’t want to get involved either, so he too crossed over to the other side of the road. If you want to be involved with Jesus, and if you want to be part of His work, you must get involved with those who hurt.

Luke tells us that the Samaritan went to the wounded man when others only passed by. First, we see him bending. He stopped and humbled himself with compassion to help the wounded man. Second, we see him mending. He bound up the wounds and poured on oil and wine. Third, we see the Samaritan tending. He took care of him by taking him to an inn. Fourth, we see the Samaritan spending. He took from his own pocket enough funds to cover the cost. When there was a need, money was not withheld. Fifth, we find the Samaritan lending. “He took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him” (v. 35, KJV).

The Samaritan had a heart to serve… Judgment comes to those whose hearts are not tender towards those who hurt. The Samaritan was doing the will of God by bending, mending, tending, spending, and lending. Jesus summed up the story with the words, “Go and do likewise.”

(This short message was gleaned from a Harvest Church bulletin by Pastor Ed Chidester, Charlotte NC.)

Pastor George Belobaba

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