And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

In between verses 28 and 36 of Luke 10 is the parable of the Good Samaritan. This story is so powerful because it has both spiritual and practical implications about serving and giving. Spiritually, it expresses what Jesus has done for us. We’re the needy and helpless ones on the side of the road. Jesus is the Samaritan, loving us as Himself and sacrificially giving of Himself to heal us. He leaves us in the care of each other for a time and promises to return for us. Jesus came to serve, not to be served.

At the end of the story, Jesus told the religious leader, “Go and do likewise.” This indicates the practical implications for all who follow Jesus today. Like Jesus, we are to love the Lord with our whole selves and to love other people well. Like Jesus, our love for the Lord and people must manifest itself in action. Where there are needs, we step into them not around them. Where there are hurts, we mend as we are able. This is not simply a call to social justice. It is worship in the daily routine of life—a desire to honor the love and grace that God has shown to us by showing it to others in practical ways whenever and however we can.

  • A religious leader’s questions sparked both Jesus’ words in verses 27-28 and His parable about the Good Samaritan. What questions do you have about loving and serving people?
  • Does it excite you or make you anxious to consider Jesus’ command to “Go and do the same”? Why?
  • Thank Jesus for His great love for you and His selfless sacrifice. Praise Him for the people He has used to care for your needs while you wait for His return. Ask Him to give you a heart to be that person for others who are in need.