Sometimes we get so caught up in fighting for a cause, we forget what we are fighting for.
The story of the Good Samaritan was Jesus’ response to someone asking who his neighbour was on Jesus’ instruction he should love his neighbour.
Jesus launched into the story of the man who lay beaten and in a pitiful condition at the side of the road. A priest and a levite passed him and took no notice of him.
Who knows where these two were off to? Perhaps they were off to address pressing church issues. Maybe the levite had something in his programme which was for the Lord.The priest perhaps had an important message to preach.
You can bet they were off to do the Lord’s work.
But in their programme-mindedness, they missed what was in front of their eyes. How could they not see it? How was it that this ‘heathen’ man, this Samaritan, was able to see what they could not.
They forgot the very reason for their faith, so pressed were they to do ‘the next thing’.
Paul said, “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”1 Cor 9:19-23.
The story goes, after the priest and levite, a Samaritan man came along – unqualified, without checks of approval from the synagogue – but with a heart for the lost and those in distress.
He was a foreigner to this man in distress, but he recognised this man was a kindred spirit and did his best to care for him.
Jesus asked in vs 36 of Luke 10: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
When you surrender your life to something greater than you and open your eyes to see the opportunities Jesus has put in front of you – to bring a miracle in someone else’s life, then Jesus calls this ‘finding your life’.
In His kingdom, you lose your life to find it.
Praying for a miracle? Why not become the miracle? Today, see how you can be a miracle for someone else.
Don’t get so caught up in works, in programmes, that you forget what you are fighting for. Jesus could be dangling something beneath your nose that could change everything in a moment, not just for you but for someone else, if you just humbled yourself to see it. Sometimes the way He makes, or the door He opens, looks really small and unassuming, and you have to humble yourself to enter.
Want to live out loud? Why not break free from religious thinking and just listen.
©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.