Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Does The World Find Compassion In You?
AAnd behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?"And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" [Luke 10: 25-28]
We all can remember the parable of The Good Samaritan. It is a story of what most people in todays world would call going above and beyond the call of duty. When people read this parable and try to apply it to their self, they naturally avoid the portrayal of the unconcerned priest and the Levite because right away they want to think of their selfs as being more like the Samaritan. The truth is that most people in this world are a poor blend of all the ones that came across the man who was robbed and beat in this parable. In this parable the priest and the Levite are easy target for most people to come down on. When people read the story it easy to point the finger at priest or Levite, but most people in the world are just like them. They would rather not get involved when they see people in need.
The story (parable) is a accurate picture of our world today. Most people are missing the mark, because only a few get the true meaning of this parable. There are millions of people who are like the robbers who would would plunder, a lot of preachers (priest) and Levities who are negligent in their duties and a lot of inn keepers will help only if there is something in it for them. If you stop and really think about it the robbers, the priest, the Levities, and the inn keeper are really just as helpless as the victims that are laying on side of the road. They all need Christ!
Most people think that their neighbors are the ones that do right and cause no trouble. This was the same way the scribes and pharisees thought in Jesus' time on earth. According to them the sinners ( such as tax collectors, homosexuals, and prostitutes) were to be hated , but this was not so then and it is not so now. We are to love the person, but hate the sin in there life. A Christian hates sin, not the sinner! Just as God grieves over the sinner we should also. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. When you live in a glass house you can not throw stones! The only difference between the saved, born again person, and the sinner is The Saving Grace of Christ. We had the oil and the wine poured in! We met Jesus on the Jericho Road, We serve a new Master. The things that we use to do we do no more.
Everyone that has ever known our Lord Jesus has also known helplessness. We have laid beside that same road and hoped that someone would stop by and help us. Thank the Lord that Jesus stopped by that road I was on and “poured in the oil and the wine”. He was merciful to me! We never become a person that shows mercy by thinking of others in need, we can only become merciful by experiencing mercy our own self. God bless All!