“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”. Luke 10:29 (NIV)
Jesus gave a great example in the parable of the Good Samaritan of exactly who are our neighbour is. It’s a question that I have been contemplating and asked myself over the last month as I travel each day around the hustle and bustle of an ever busy London, a city that seems to never sleep.
Truly Monday mornings are frantic – trains and buses are jam packed with people squashed together like sardines in a can. People are either reading the newspaper or using some sort of gadget/device with their headphones to blank out the world around them. I accept this, but once in a while it would be nice to see people interact with each other, having a face-to-face conversation.
When I’m at work I have the opportunity of speaking to people from all over the world and they always tell me how busy and at times how unfriendly London can be. People just seem to be in their zone, helping others is out of the question, a complete contrast to the actions of the Good Samaritan. Nobody knows whether this Good Samaritan was off to work himself or rushing to an appointment with a physician, but one thing I do know is that his expression of love speaks volumes.
The bible says in James 4:17 (NIV) that “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” I’ve had to ask God to forgive me daily because when I’m rushing to work or wherever I’m going there are people around me who need my help. People who are struggling physically or spiritually but because I’m so focused on where I’m going that I forget to see what is truly important… PEOPLE!
The story of the Good Samaritan has so many topics that can be discussed but for me it’s so simple, Jesus told the certain lawyer in Luke 10 verse 37 “to do likewise.” What does this mean? It means that we should show mercy to one another, we should not be so preoccupied with life that we cannot extend an arm to help those around us. Our neighbours.
The Good Samaritan embodied what love should be. Let’s try to do the same in our daily lives. That small act of love can change someone’s world, just like Christ’s act of love has transformed ALL our lives.
Jesus went about doing good, let’s do the same!