Move Toward The Needs
Luke 10:25-42 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan & Jesus visiting Martha and Mary)
It’s easy for me to forget that the story of the Good Samaritan is a parable — a story that Jesus made up to explain a point. If, in fact, Jesus carefully crafted the words, then I want to pay extra special attention to the way the story goes.
More recently, I can’t seem to escape the fact that the two men who passed by the hurting man not only refused to stop but also crossed the street. Jesus says it both times — that the men crossed and passed by on the other side of the road. As I consider this, I can see why they’d do that. I think it perfectly correlates with some very natural, flesh-driven responses. For one, it can be uncomfortable to be so close to somebody that is that exposed (and exposed he was — naked and dirty and destitute). Also, and I think even more likely, these men were men who would have inherently known that they should do something, but they didn’t intend to or know how to or necessarily want to put all the effort forth to clothe and clean and fix up and provide for the great need presented. So perhaps they crossed the street to distance themselves from the awkwardness and the prick in their conscience that something really should be done. Of course, they knew somebody should help, but stepping away seems to lessen the burden that they should be the ones to do it.
As we continue to watch Jesus, though, we consistently see him do just the opposite — He moves toward those in need. He says that He came for the sick, not the healthy. He makes the ultimate sacrifice and takes on the sin and brokenness and sickness of the world, and He tells us to pick up our crosses and follow Him.
Yet, as a recovering do-er for the Lord, I am thankful for the great reminder in the passage immediately following this parable. I am grateful that He points out to Martha that we must prioritize sitting at His feet above checking off a list. We will get jealous and weary and worn and distracted if we don’t first spend time learning and gleaning from Him and instead try to consistently meet needs, running on fumes instead of being fueled.
As we are in a season of so much activity, let us make time to sit at the feet of our Jesus. And then, out of the overflow of that time spent, let us move toward the needs that are brought to our attention. Let us remember that dirty and broken are signs of need, not warning signs to run away. Let us not cross the street out of discomfort.
Lord, let my rhythm be to abide in you first and press into the hurt you let me see. Abide and press in. Abide and press in. Fill up and pour out. Fill up and pour out.
Make intentional time to sit and be filled by Jesus, and ask Him to give you the courage to move toward the needs He brings to your attention.