This sermon was based on Luke 10:25-37.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27And 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.” 28And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
29But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
It Starts with Your Heart
- Put simply, the best way to support, encourage and build someone up is to ‘THINK THE BEST’ of them…To think positively towards others. To talk positively about others when they are both with us, and when they are not.
- What goes on in your heart comes out
- Contrary to popular belief, this is not a parable of social justice, or alleviating all poverty. This is a parable to clearly highlight the heart motives of this religious lawyer who asks the question.
- 17″ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5.17
- Therefore we don’t just try harder to ‘THINK THE BEST’.God has radically changed your heart. You are a new creation. You have become the righteousness of God
It extends Hope Towards Others
- The Pride and cynicism we have seen in the religious lawyer are very different to Hope. Cynicism points out what is wrong and bad about something, but doesn’t help it improve. Hope sees the wrong, and believes in God’s power to transform, right the wrong, mend the broken, heal the sick and strengthen faith.
- Immediately after showing up the religious self-righteousness / pride / cynicism, Jesus introduces the hero of the story. The most hated person for the lawyer, the Priest and the Levite.
- “People are developed the same way gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold… but you don’t go into a mine looking for dirt, you go looking for gold. That’s exactly the way to develop positive people. Look for the gold, not the dirt; the good, not the bad. The more positive qualities you look for, the more you are going to find” Andrew Carniege
It Restores Honour in Our Relationships
The Samaritan is compassionate.
The Samaritan really cares for.
The Samaritan restores dignity and honour to this man.
- ‘On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.’ 1 Corinthians 12.22-26
- “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4.23