The Good Samaritan: The Inn Keeper

Luke 10:35
35 On the next day, [j]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.’

This week we are relating the story of the good Samaritan to the events that the world is going through with the Corona virus. Today we look at a character we hardly talk about when we look at this story, the inn keeper. Though we hear very little about him, from that we can pick out a thing or two that we can learn from and apply especially for those in business.

The good Samaritan gives him 2 denarii and asks him to take care of the injured man and should he spend more on him, then the good Samaritan would pay him when he came back. The very first thing I pick is that this is a man who placed value on people more than making money.

In this season we have seen several business people trying to cash in on the crisis that the world is going through at the expense of peoples lives by inflating the prices of much needed commodities like hand sanitizers. That is just unethical.
The inn keeper agrees to take on the responsibility of taking care of the injured man until the good Samaritan returns. He trusts that this man will return and sort out any outstanding bills should there be any. This tell me that he was also a man who had compassion.

As a business man or business woman, what is the drive behind your business? Are you more concerned with making profits than the lives of other human beings?
I have seen in this season various companies doing all they can to cushion their employees during these harsh times by offering them the much-needed supplies to get then through. Others have reached out to their communities to provide much needed commodities especially for the elderly.

As a Christian business man or woman, use this season to be a blessing to a hurting world, don’t be another avenue of pain and sorrow they have to deal with.

Reflective Thoughts
Are you in business? What is the vision and purpose of your business?
In what way can your business be a blessing to those around you or your employees in this season?
Serve God and His people with your business, even this too shall; pass and your business will thrive again more than ever before.