The Good Samaritan: Selfishness

Luke 10:30 (AMP)
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he encountered robbers, who stripped him of his clothes [and belongings], beat him, and went their way [unconcerned], leaving him half dead.

You probably have read the story of the good Samaritan many times before but this week I want us to look at it in line with what is happening around the globe with the corona virus pandemic.

As the story goes, a certain man on his way to Jericho, fell into the hand of thieves who beat him up and took all that he had leaving him for dead. The thieves had one agenda, to kill steal and destroy and that is what they did. They left the man for dead after stealing what he had. That is what this virus is doing to many across the world. This virus is the enemy’s tool to steal kill and destroy and while at it spread fear and doubt in the hearts of many.

The thieves had one agenda that was driven by this attitude; “What you have is ours and we will take it by force.”

During this season as many panic, we are adopting this kind of attitude as many think of self-preservation. I was shocked the other day to see a video clip of 3 women fighting in a supermarket over tissue paper! Who would have thought that we would get to that level?

How I pray that we will not allow this virus which is the enemy’s tool, to cause us to turn against each other and view each other as the enemy. May we think of each other because it is only when we come together and work together that we will be able to overcome.

May we think of others and not hoard everything to ourselves, may we recognize that within this calamity lies an opportunity for us to come together in unity and to think about each other. May we not allow the enemy to use us to spread his agenda by looking at our brother and sister as the enemy.

Let’s use this season to love one another and to work together as one body having each other in mind in whatever decisions we make.

Reflective Thoughts
A lot of finger pointing has been going on over the last few weeks….. who do you think is the real enemy and what is his agenda?
In what ways can we work together to defeat our common enemy?
Aside from just thinking about self-preservation, in what ways can you be a blessing to others in this season?