Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
New light on an old parable…
Remember this from yesterday? “You are the only one who knows what is in your own mind, and God’s Spirit is the only one who knows what is in God’s mind. But God has given us his Spirit. That’s why we don’t think the same way that the people of this world think. That’s also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us.” (1 Corinthians 2:11–12, CEV, emphasis added)
Yesterday we discovered because of the gift of the Holy Spirit we ARE prophetic people. This morning during my devotional time writer John D. Barry wrote of another component of being prophetic. “When we understand what God feels, we begin to see the world from His perspective. When we feel what others feel, we’re able to meet their needs and learn to love them as fully and radically as God loves us.” (Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan, Lexham Press)
One of the best examples of what John Barry was writing about is found in Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. “A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.” (Luke 10:33–34, CEV)
I suspect as we’ve read, studied, or heard the parable the focus has been on the 2 who passed by, the Samaritan, and the Inn Keeper (who is God by the way) while injured man has only been a “part” of the parable rather than a character with a face and an identity. I think Jesus was allowing us to put a face to him (or her). I can put my face on the injured man and I’ll bet you can too, can’t you. The injured person in the parable have also been members of my own family, my friends, my acquaintances, and even those who have hurt me. As of this morning when I think about Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan the injured person now has a face and a life story, for me the second most important person is the injured person (the first is the Inn Keeper, God).
Who do you see injured by the cruelty of life lying beside the road? Is it you? Is it someone you love? Someone who has hurt you? Remember if it isn’t you that makes you the Samaritan! If it is you then please be patient God is sending a Samaritan your way but don’t be dumb and refuse the help!
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.” (1 Peter 1:4, CEV)
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”