This sermon was based on Luke 10:25-37.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Step Out of Our Comfort Zone
- There is a lot of suffering in the world. Naturally we want to protect ourselves against that suffering so what we do is we make a space in our life where we feel safe, where we feel comfortable, our comfort zone.
Jesus is telling us here that every now and again we should step out of this comfort zone and do something a bit risky for him. The phrase we use as Christians for this is taking a step of faith. Which is just another way of saying do something risky for God. That’s what the Samaritan did and Jesus says we should do the same.
The Samaritan stepped out of his comfort zone to show love to a man in need, it was costly, it was scary, it was dangerous but he did it. Jesus says we’re to go to likewise. So that’s the first way to show costly love to our neighbour: Step out of your comfort zone.
It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of poverty and deprivation we see in the world today. It’s easy to think the problem is just too big what’s the use trying to do anything?
Maybe you walk by 20 homeless people on your way to work. You can’t help em all but why not, every once in a while, do something for just one of them?
- We show costly love to our neighbour by stepping out of our comfort zone, by doing something.
Remember How Much he has Done for Us
- Most of us subconsciously identify with the Samaritan. We think that’s would we would do in that situation. But we’re not the Samaritan in the story, we’re not even the Priest or the Levite in the story. We’re the dying man on the side of the road. Completely helpless unless someone comes and rescues us.
- When Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan, he’s showing us how to love our neighbour but on another level he’s talking about himself. He’s saying ‘I am the good Samaritan who came to rescue you at great cost to myself.’
When we encounter situations in our lives and we act like the priest instead of the Samaritan we aren’t condemned because he has forgiven us for every sin we have done in the past and every one we will do in the future. Because of that we can know we are his and we always will be.