When Jesus showed a man through the well-known so-called Good Samaritan story that loving our neighbors is about showing love, mercy, compassion, care, sacrifice, generosity, and kindness to others, and that loving the Lord and loving our neighbors are fundamental to having everlasting life with the Lord, He spoke three vitally important words that can be easily missed as I did for years if we’re not careful.
“Go and do,” Jesus told the man.
Friend, Jesus wasn’t merely telling this man a story. He was telling the man that he needed to GO AND DO what Jesus was teaching him. But this is not all. This story is in the Bible because the Lord is telling US through it that WE ALL need to GO AND DO what Jesus teaches in the story – in His name for His glory!
Please read the story below and note the love, mercy, compassion, care, sacrifice, generosity, and kindness the “Good Samaritan” shows his “neighbor.” We as God’s children through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord are to GO AND DO in loving our neighbors as ourselves. This story is not about having an emotional feeling of love for others. It is about GOING AND DOING with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ! It is about Jesus’ love in us and Jesus’ love through us – IN ACTION. So let us GO AND DO – for Christ’s sake! Amen!
“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.” Luke 10:25-37