When we find ourselves not doing what it says in God’s Word, we are quick to justify our decisions with many reasons. But in the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus cuts to the core of our self-righteous and selfish hearts. 

It begins when Jesus is asked how someone can inherit eternal life. Jesus, as he often does, responds with a question and asks what is written in the Law and affirms the answer: love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind as well as our neighbor as ourselves. However, once Jesus affirms this answer, the questioner immediately asks who his neighbor is. And it was not out of pure ignorance because it specifically says that he asks who his neighbor is because he was “desiring to justify himself.”

We can find ourselves being like the lawyer in this passage many times in our lives. It would be good for us today to read again and meditate for ourselves what Jesus had in mind to say in this parable. The parable of the good Samaritan comes from Luke 10:25-37. 

Today’s question:
Do you ever try to do any good in the world?

On earth, the Lord Jesus ‘went about doing good’ (Acts 10:38). True Christians ever since have tried to follow His example. When the Lord Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) He ended by saying, ‘Go and do likewise.’ There are always opportunities for doing good. The only question is whether we really want to do it. Even those who have no money to give can do good to the sick and those with other problems, by being willing to spend time with them and by showing them sympathy and care. Read the story of the Good Samaritan. Do you know anything about this kind of love to others? Do you try to do good to others apart from your own friends, family and church? Are you living as a disciple of Him who ‘went about doing good’ and commanded us to follow Him as our ‘example’? (John 13:15)

J.C. Ryle, Walking with God (Abridged and simplified version of Practical Religion)

Today’s devotional is quite straightforward just as Jesus was straightforward through this parable. The problem we have many times is the fact that we do not really want to love our neighbors as ourselves. We rather stay in our comfort and not open ourselves up to any discomfort or risk.

The simple fact is, the Gospel is a message of picking up your cross, dying to yourself and laying down your life for others. Do not be fooled, no reason or circumstance can justify us not doing so. Now is as good a time as any for the church to be doers of God’s Word.

If you are looking for ways to help, our church is gathering funds and volunteers to support the medical professionals in the front lines as well as those who are in need of essential supplies but unable to access it. For more information, reach out to me through the contact page.

Locally, I suggest you visit the COVID-19 Urgent Volunteer Needs page of Hope for New York to see how you can help serve, give and pray for New York. 

Nationally, I suggest you visit the COVID-19 Response page of Send Relief.

Let us not justify in-action during this time of crisis. But I pray that our Gospel would be defined and revealed through our generosity and sacrifice.