In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Luke 10:30-35
Every day we live amongst a tension. We struggle with one goal. It’s the desire you and I have for comfort. We all pursue being comfortable to some degree. Whether we realize it or not, this desire for comfort can very easily creep into our relationships and the way we engage with others.
We’ve become so wrapped up in our own world that we do not see the people around us. But there is an inescapable truth found in Scripture. Jesus lays the gauntlet down in passages like Luke 10:30-35, better known as The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
In this passage, Jesus challenges us and defines a purpose for us. We must step out of our comfort zones and engage a broken world. We cannot be bystanders or spectators. We cannot step back and hope someone else will step in. We cannot turn the other direction when we see people in need.
In order to bring hope, we must be willing to cross the street like the Good Samaritan.
Instead of seeing relationships with others as an inconvenience, we must see each one as an opportunity to make Christ’s love known through our action and words. Our hearts must break for this lost and hurting world. Our comfortable walk won’t produce this type of burden. Neither will a self-centered life focused solely on our needs.
We have a responsibility to impact those around us.
This requires action on our part and with this movement, we will undoubtedly be stretched. We have to cross the street and redefine close proximity. If not me, and not you, then who will cross the road to bring the only message of hope to those who are hurting?
- Where do you need to “cross the street”?
God, I confess that for far too long I’ve been on a quest to protect my comfort zone. I’ve been so wrapped up in thoughts of my own tiny world that I’ve missed out on the brokenness taking place all around me. May I be willing to cross the street. Burst the bubble I’ve been living in. Stretch me for Your kingdom. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.