Good Samaritan Attitude

While doing my quiet time reading, I asked God to show me a way to encourage the volunteers in our ministry.  I’ve been reading in the book of Luke and figured that after I finished reading it, then maybe God will have told me where to find an encouraging  passage to read.  I was expecting to do research for at least an hour. God in his awesomeness (if there is such a word) showed it to me in my daily reading verses, 5 minutes after I asked!!!   It's kind of lengthy, but well worth it. 

Luke 10:25-42                      The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
27 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.'"
28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers.  They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.   31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.  Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  35 The next day he took out two silver coins 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.'
36 "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

What I saw was how many different attitudes people can have towards one person.
A collection of attitudes---
To the expert in the law - the wounded man was a subject to discuss.
To the robbers . . . . . . . . - the wounded man was someone to use and exploit.
To the religious men . . . - the wounded man was a problem to be avoided.
To the innkeeper . . . . . . - the wounded man was a customer to serve for a fee.
To the Samaritan . . . . . - the wounded man was a human being worth being cared for and loved.


We all know which attitude is the one that Jesus is trying to get across to the expert of the law. Jesus used the story of the good but despised Samaritan to make clear what attitude was acceptable to him. Confronting the needs of others brings out various attitudes in man.
In our ministry of caring, praying and providing for the emotion needs of our recipient, we should have the attitude of the Samaritan, however, when people come to me and ask what we are about, I see a lot of experts in the law, robbers, religious men & even a few innkeepers.
They are curious and want to give us “a pat on the back” for our good work. Many times the response is “I don’t have time” or “there are already enough people doing that”. Then I’ve come across the innkeeper attitude “sure I’ll help, I need to get community service hours”. PRAISE GOD there are still many people with the Samaritan attitude.
You see, people who are going through life changing illnesses or accidents are our neighbors, whether they are next door, 2 miles away, or across the ocean. I see this as my way of helping my name just because “he or she is worth being cared for and loved.” After all, God felt we were worth dying for.
If you have the Good Samaritan’s attitude, why don’t you join us and reach out to the suffering men, women & children with us. There are many ways you can join us.