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Msg# 1226 Good Samaritan Attitude
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan ingeniously expounded answers to two questions of the attacking Jewish lawyer. Nick Bickish, missionary to Alaska, summarized His answer with three glimpses of attitude. You'll display one of them daily. The thief that accosted the sojourner along the road from Jerusalem down to Jericho had the attitude “Whats yours is mine. ” He left the man half dead. It is amazing how many people have that attitude. Our Socially Secure socialism propagates that very attitude through generations of welfare recipients. A born again believer cannot carry that attitude long, not when Christ indwells them; and don't forget it was He who said, “If a man won't work, neither should he eat.” Along came the Priest and Levite. These characters were introduced to show the argumentative lawyer that neither the human Priest hood, nor the Levitical Law could attain the eternal life he desired. Their attitude was “What's mine is mine.” Busy about their own business, all concerned about their own resources and their own reputation, these two passed by on the other side. They would not stop and intercede nor minister because they had to go be priestly and minister-ey. A lot of us live with that attitude. Of course in Jesus' story the Samaritan was the only one that was Christlike. He had the attitude “Whats mine is yours.” You would think 'Christians' would spend more time exemplifying this selfless attitude, but it only shows up when we “abide in Him, and He abides in us.” When a child we would sing a song “Jesus, and Others and You, that is the way to spell J-O-Y!” Quite foreign to our hustle-bustle, me-first, I-got-my-rights society. “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
An Essay from week # 26, Sunday, June 24, 2012
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