Pastor Miles opened this weekend's message sharing about how he regularly visits the Grossmont College football team to talk with them.
A goal he made for himself in front of the team is that by the end of the year he would learn all the player's names. Setting this goal for himself was a "minimum requirement activity."
Pastor Miles shared that this is the same in Christianity. There are "minimum requirement activities."
As Christians we can tithe, or attend church regularly, or even be a part of a ministry. However, none of those things make us Christians, they are simply the "minimum requirement activities."
If we are truly Christians our love for Christ will be evident in how we live our lives. What we learn from the story of the Good Samaritan is that the essence of our relationship with Christ is about our availability and sensitivity to His voice when He speaks to us.
The Good Samaritan is a model of a Christ like individual, one who is obedient to the calling of Christ. There are four elements of a Good Samaritan that Pastor Miles clearly laid out in his message.
Luke 10:30-33 states, A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
The Samaritan was driven by compassion or fellow feeling. Notice that the Samaritan didn't just have pity on the man who was stripped and beaten by robbers, but he had compassion on him. Pity looks down, but compassion gets down. Followers of Christ ought to be moved by fellow feeling to help others.
What hurting people do you have compassion for? Is there a group of people, when they hurt it bothers you more? Maybe it's homeless people, or the elderly, or youth, whomever it may be; God has placed on your heart fellow feeling for those people. If you don't know, pray about it.
Putting Others First
Good Samaritans model self sacrifice.
Unlike the Priest and the Levite, the Samaritan was willing to stop and help the man in need on a dangerous, long, and winding road.
In our humanness it is natural to think of our own needs first.
Luke 10:34 states, He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
Good Samaritans are forward thinkers.
When it comes to helping people Good Samaritans plan ahead and foresee the needs. When we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
Luke 10:35 states, And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, "Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back."
The Bible is our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. God's Word is meant to guide us and help us throughout our lives.
Being sensitive and available to the voice of God is the essence of our relationship with Christ as well. It is not as easy as just having someone else tell us how to live the Christian life.
We need to know what God teaches us in His Word, and be open to His voice speaking in our lives.
Good Samaritans follow through on their commitment.
The Samaritan promised to repay the innkeeper for whatever the man needed.
As Christians it is important to follow through on our commitments.
Our love for Christ will be evident in our compassion towards others, self-sacrifice, forward thinking, and follow through.