The next day he (the Samaritan) took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’ (Luke 10:35)
Pastor John’s Notes:
To love others fully, we must sometimes commit ourselves beyond what is convenient. When we understand the need, we will be able to define the measure of our care. The wounded man needed healing that required numerous days in bed and the Good Samaritan paid for it. But we should note here that the Samaritan had other business to attend to, which he did not neglect. He did not become so wrapped up in caring for the needs of the wounded man that he abandoned all other responsibilities. He kept things in balance. Loving others does not mean that we lose ourselves.
After paying for the man’s care and then returning to see how he was doing, we might easily imagine a potential friendship that could have developed between the Jewish man and the Good Samaritan. Looking at the hand of Providence, we might see in this story hints of the activity of God, who is always working to break down ideological barriers that separate us from each other.
Lord, grant me three things: a heart that is disposed to care for the needs of others, the ability to keep my life in balance, and a sensitivity to see your hand at work.