Friday, September 9, 2011

Self-Improvement - The Great Motivator is Jesus Christ

Let's take another look at the Good Samaritan story. For some of you this will be a visit to one of your favorite stories. For others of you it may be a first visit. Jesus tells this story in the book of Luke. The story goes as follows. There was a man who was walking on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. This is a very dangerous road and robbers jumped the man. They didn't just take his money, they unmercifully beat him up. His body was bruised and bloody. His clothes were ripped. The robbers left the man lying on the edge of the road.
Some time had gone by when a Jewish priest came walking on the road. He saw the beaten man but decided to walk on the other side of the road and leave him there. Next, a Levite came by and he went up and looked at the injured man. After staring at the man, he decided he didn't want to bother with him either so he also walked by on the other side of the road. A little time later, a Samaritan came walking down the road. Now, you need to understand that the Jews hated the Samaritans. Samaritans were only part Jewish and so the Jews did not accept them. So what this Samaritan was about to do was very uncharacteristic. He saw the bloodied man. His heart went out to him. You see, it didn't matter if the man was of a different race or religion. It didn't matter whether they had anything in common or not. All that mattered was that he helped this man. The Samaritan was motivated by love. The Samaritan poured olive oil and wine on the man's wounds and then took him to an inn where he nursed him back to health.
The next morning, the Samaritan gave some money to the inn keeper and said: "Take care of this man. If this is not enough money then I will pay you back when I come again."
Jesus motivates us through love. We are to love our neighbors as ourself. Let's commit to living our lives like the Good Samaritan. That's what living is all about!

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