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On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?

He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 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.’ “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.” Luke 10:25-37

We hear the Golden Rule over and over again. "Love your neighbor as yourself." And when we read this story, we are told to not be like the priest and the Levite. But I think we often don't focus on the ACTIONS of this story. Yes, you shouldn't be like the priest and Levite and ignore people in need. However, do we really understand and count the cost of living for Christ? Yes, the Samaritan stopped for a Jew, which he culturally had bad history with. And yes, he was generous in giving money to help the man. We see all these things and discuss them - working side by side with whom you disagree, donating money to those in need. But we miss the words in between: "Took care of him. The next day..." The Samaritan gave the man one of, if not the most precious gift of all. TIME. I'm sure the Samaritan had plans, after all he was on a journey. But he didn't just help the man for an hour or two and went on his merry way. He took care of the injured man THROUGH THE WHOLE NIGHT. Our actions speak louder than words, that is true, but where you give generously of your time - that shows your heart posture. Do you have any friends with bad memories that tell you a story 100 times, and you listen politely but complain to someone else afterward? Is there a person in your life who is truly in need (and I mean TRULY in need), but that you don't think you can invest time into? Do you end Holy Spirit fruitful conversations because you need to be somewhere? Do you cut short your worship time with God? Confession time - I do. I do all those things. Thank you God for being patient with me, even when I put myself above you and your kingdom; but Lord, please give me courage to stop for YOU and your children in need that you send to my life - always.



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