The moment a person comes to Jesus, a revolutionary is born inside!
In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus encounters a lawyer who asks how he may inherit eternal life. Although this intellectually advantaged individual means to challenge Jesus head-to-head, Jesus answers him heart-to-heart. In the parable that follows, Jesus tells of a man badly beaten and tossed to the side of the road. While a passing priest and Levite ignore the wounded man, a passing Samaritan (a race which was half-Jewish and half-Gentile and rejected by the Jews) is the one who answers the godly call to intervene. He even goes beyond the call of duty, harboring the man in an inn and paying the debts incurred there.
The revolutionary inside of Jesus causes us to re-evaluate our lives and our values so that we may become a part of His movement on earth.
Not only does Jesus mean this story to challenge the present-day thinking of the lawyer and those listening, he also challenges them with action, to “go and do likewise.” (v.37) The revolutionary inside of Jesus causes us to re-evaluate our lives and our values so that we may become a part of His movement on earth.
Revolutionary: a person that takes part in a revolution whose aim is to overthrow known systems, present standards, customs or mindsets by establishing the supremacy of a new precedence that causes dramatic change.
How can you unleash the revolutionary within you?
1. Never forget the pain of when they were rescued! Luke 10:25-37
Then Jesus answered and said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.” Luke 10:30-32 (NKJV)
Jesus wanted the questioning lawyer to see that it’s possible to forget the reason we have been anointed and appointed. Before the Samaritan steps in to help, the renowned Jews who are called by God to learn the law and uphold His morality, walk by the afflicted man, unmoved to lift a finger to assist him.
You can’t write the prescription without knowing the pain. Are you too isolated in your faith?
Many Christians in America are so isolated – living in a bubble of Christian media, Christian clothes, Christian jobs, and Christian friends – that when someone broken and crushed in sin is right in front of us, we are simply appalled. In our “spiritual success,” we have graduated from actually caring about the people God loves. We need to be on fire for Jesus, never forgetting that in our own despair and brokenness, His passion and love for us were immeasurable, unto His own sacrificial death.
A revolutionary is a person who understands the pain of the people s/he has been called to liberate!
Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know — Someone not impressed with weak excuses. Proverbs 24:11-12 (MSG)
“God whispers to us in our success, but shouts in our pain.” –C. S. Lewis
My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God. James 5:19-20
2. Never forget to allow themselves to be emotionally and spiritually moved by the condition of others!
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. Luke 10:33 (NKJV)
What issue did Jesus have with the priest and the Levite? They weren’t moved by what they saw! In contrast, the Samaritan generation is willing to come down from their high horse and use their resources to help those who are hurting. The Samaritan has dual-cultural understanding; they know what it is to be found in God, but they also know what it is like to be lost.
But when [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)
Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and- outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! Proverbs 31:8-9 (MSG)
In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chestpiece over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord. Exodus 28:29 (NLT)
3. Never forget to risk their reputation and resources to love people back to life!
“So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.” Luke 10:34-35 (NKJV)
One of the greatest challenges of a pastor is to know what God has asked him to do and have it firmly in his mind and heart, but also see his own hands empty of the resources needed to accomplish that vision. Christians must be willing to give of themselves, even risking their reputations on behalf of others, to bring the kingdom of God to earth. United together, we can make a difference.
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. The moment they saw Him they worshiped Him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Matthew 28:16-17 (MSG)
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galations 6:9 (NKJV)
To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. –Anonymous
What American Christianity needs is a revolution by which people’s hearts have been overthrown of old systems, customs and mentalities and revolutionized by the Spirit of God. Only then can the kingdom of God take root and reign. So what about you? Will you unleash the revolutionary in you to “go and do likewise”?