He Went Over To Him

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January 1, 2019

I am working my way through the book of Luke and the parable of the Good Samaritan really impacted me. I have been reflecting on it everyday since then. Why? I have read it many, many times in my life. I have heard it told many, many times. But that impact should not surprise me because it's the Word of God—it speaks to us since it is living and powerful!

Jesus, like always, is teaching so much in this parable. It's packed! But one phrase jumped out at me: "He went over to him" (Lk. 10:34). In light of the actions of the two men before, this decision made a world of difference for this beaten, dying man!

But what compelled this Samaritan to "go over to him"? How did he overcome fear of the danger lurking among the crags of the mountain? What gave this man the love to overcome the prejudices of ethnicity, religion, and maybe more, to "go over to him"? Where did the "going the second mile" choice come from—to take the man to town and pay a doctor with a bottomless dollar option?!?

Jesus told this parable and had it recorded in Scripture to inspire reflection, conviction, questions, and inspiration! However, he does not want us to stay in the ivory tower of theory, but demands we put it to action with the command "go and do the same.”

How do we live out "he went over to him"? How can we be obedient in 2019, "going and doing the same"? Would you consider doing these two things?
1. Take some time to specifically pray about this
2. Take several minutes each day for the next several weeks to discuss this with your family or close friend about what it looks like to be a neighbor in 2019

Our family did this, and it was amazing the ideas we came up with on how we can be a neighbor to our neighbors. However, getting my children to think more globally was another challenge. We talked extensively about the neighbors on our street. But the idea that Jesus would want us to think broader than that was stretching and a little outside their box.

Is it outside your box? Do the needs of our neighbors in Yemen suffering from hunger, our neighbors in thousands of refugee camps all over the world, our billions of unreached neighbors, the millions of neighbors who do not have a verse of Scripture in their mother tongue, feel distant?

My children and I can relate to that. However, as we talked and prayed about it, I see a glimmer of hope. There is a vision dawning in my family and a burden to live out the spirit of "he went over to him.”

Join us!

Yours for the King,

"Mission involves us going to people (whether 100 metres or 10,000 kilometres away), it does not mean inviting people to come to us." —Eddie Arthur

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10