June 12, 2015

Who is seeing?

The two "religious" men, in the Samaritan parable, saw the man in the ditch. We know this because we are told that they "saw" him, and when they did, they walked away from him (Luke 10:25-37).

The Samaritan "saw" him too, and yet the difference was he "saw" with his heart.

We are told he had compassion (deep sympathy, and sorrow for another accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering) for the man.

The Samaritan traveled on his journey prepared to serve. He had oil and wine on hand. He was selfless, and walked while the half-dead man rode his donkey. While the Samaritan had an agenda, and was on a journey, he was not someone who could not have his plans interrupted.

The Samaritan did many things for the needy beaten-up man, going so far as to care for the half-dead man all night, and then the next day, he left money with the inn-keeper, and asked him to do what was needed to care for the needy man, and that he would repay him when he came back by that way.

We don't know if the half-dead man needed any extra care. We do not know if the inn-keeper pocketed the money, and lied to the Samaritan when he came back to the inn.

Money is insignificant to the story, except to say that the Samaritan was generous with what he had.

What the Samaritan did not do is interesting as well.

We are not told that he asked the man in the ditch if he had any family or friends who could help him.

Nor are we told that he questioned the needy man about who started the fight, and what did the tattoo on his arm indicate (if he indeed had one), nor if he was a believer in God, nor did he tell the needy man to go to church, or that he needed to be saved, nor are we told that the Samaritan was concerned about his own well-being at all, nor did he ask about whether the man deserved the beating.

We are simply told of his loving and merciful actions.

According to Jesus, actions are the indicator of who will inherit the kingdom of God.

Remember that was the question posed at the beginning of the parable.

"What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 10:25).

(Of course actions do not bring eternal life, but actions prove in whom one has faith.)

Are you doing deeds that cause others to say that there is indeed a God in heaven?

Or do your actions cause them to wonder if there is a God at all?

Is anyone glorifying God because of what you've done for them?

If you are not loving in actions, then your words are empty, and a waste of your energy.

You also do not have eternal life with God waiting.

The redeemed move with deep love toward others, and will bear burdens, and will generously give of their time, money, and energy, and make no judgment calls in the process.

"... let us not love in word or talk 
but in deed and in truth. 
(1 John 3:18 ESV)

The redeemed keep quiet, and live with open arms, and billfolds.

Those who stand back and judge, or move to the other side of the road, know not the Father.

Those who know the Father are generous, and give to the poor, and....

"Whoever is generous to the poor, 
lends to the Lord, 
and he will repay him for his deeds," 
Pro. 19:17.

Out of the abundance of the love poured into their hearts, a redeemed people give. That's why they live. They are compelled. Wild horses will not stop them. They have no fear. They walk with confidence. They know God, and walk in truth.

Do you say that you love God?

Then you are a servant, and others are seeing your goods works, and are glorifying God, for you cannot really believe in God, and not move with compassion, and mercy to anyone you see in need.

Who is seeing?

The redeemed see.

The eyes of their hearts are wide open, the scales are gone, and they love.

It's a glorious vision, and eternal life belongs to those souls.

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