But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to , and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, 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 on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell, among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy on him, Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. Luke, Chapter 10, verses 29-37. Jericho
It makes me think of all the people that need help on the side of the road that I ignore. I have a dilemma. It isn’t very safe to be picking up people by the side of the road these days, but I bet there are things I can do to help anyway. I could probably ask them if they need me to call a tow truck or something. That might be risky too. What I have been doing is using my cell phone, at times, to call the highway patrol to tell them the approximate location of the broken down car. I know it’s not as big an effort as the Samaritan made, but I think we all need to start someplace. I get too caught up in my own little world and tend to ignore the things that make me uncomfortable or that I really don’t want to deal with. As a Good Samaritan Christian, I need to be more sensitive to the needs of others, being an example on a regular basis of how God works in my life.
Since this is an example of the positive influence God has made on my walk with Christ, this may not reflect the whole meaning of the Bible verses.