Who are our neighbours? Literarily, our neighbours are people who live around us. In the context of the topic, our neighbours are people who are in need and we are in the position to help them.
Samaritans mixed with the Jews during a war. Samaritans were people that believed in the first five books of Moses. They were taught in the laws of Torah. They were unlike the Israelites that call God Yahweh. They believed more in the laws of Torah. So they were seen as inferior to the Jews because they came and mixed with Jews. It is from this lineage that the man who helped somebody on the road in Luke 10:33 came from.
First, we can see from the passage that God can use anybody. The Samaritan did what a Levite and a priest could not do. Do not look down on yourself. There is no one who has not got a past. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”. Do not think you cannot be of help to anybody. You are whom you are by the grace of God. You are not better than those that could not do what you have done. You are not better than those that could not achieve what you have achieved in life. It was the good deed of the Samaritan that made him to be referred to as The Good Samaritan. Our attitudes and the love we portray say if we are good people.
We can also see from the passage that God has plans for your location and who you meet. God has planted you where you are for a purpose. Are you fulfilling ministry where you are located? The man that fell among the thieves was on a journey. The Samaritan who helped him also was on a journey. The Samaritan had compassion on him. Do you realise the position God has put you and the people around you? There is always a reason why you are where you are and there is always a reason why you are meeting those you are meeting. There is a place appointed to every man upon the surface of the earth and so the essence of us being there is to fulfill purpose.
Thirdly, the Samaritan saw! You are what you see. We should recognize people God has placed around us. There are people who need your help. You need God to open your eyes of understanding. The need could be material things, prayer, love, visit or a token. If your eyes are not open you will not see the needs of somebody that you need to help.
The Samaritan had compassion. Compassion is an attribute of God. Anybody who is a child of God must have the attribute of God. One of the attributes of God is love (John 3:16). It is the fruit of the Spirit. The question is “Are you born again?” You cannot give what you do not have. You cannot love your neighbour if there is no attribute of love in you. When you are moved with love, love will move you to action but self is a killer of love.
The benefits of loving our neighbours that will take us higher are:
- God will love us with everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16).
- God will correct us in love (Hebrews 12:6).
- Deliverance out of all troubles (Psalm 34:17).
- God will fill our treasures (Proverbs 8:21).
- God will forgive our sins and heal our diseases (Psalm 103:3).
Do you want to go higher in this year? This can only happen when you are ready to give, when you are ready to love your neighbour and ready to make yourself available for the service of God.