“GO AND DO LIKEWISE”

There was a Yoruba man travelling from Akure to Abuja with his personal car but on the way he was attacked by thieves who stole his car and all other things that were with him, they even beat him severely and left him for dead. As he was calling for help with the little strength he had left, a pastor who was also a Yoruba man was driving along the road, he saw the injured man but sped off acting like he did not see him. A Yoruba man who was a deacon in his church driving by, saw the injured man he slowed down his car looked through his mirror, trying to see if the injured man was yoruba or not, he drove off since he could not actually tell if the man was yoruba and also in fear of the questions he would be asked in the hospital. Then came along an Hausa man, on seeing the injured man, he parked his car, alighted and went to help the man, he did all the first aid he could do and then put off his babariga to cover the man took him to his car and drove to the nearest hospital, on getting there he paid all the bills necessary for the man’s treatment and feeding, he also left some extra cash for any further expenses and promised to come back to settle any bill later on that note he went on to continue his journey.
The story above would look familiar to some most especially if you have heard/read the story of The Good Samaritan which was narratted by Jesus(Luke 10:30-35).
(note:the story you read earlier is just a fictional adaptation of the good Samaritan story to the Nigeria context, it is not to portray that any enmity exists between the Yorubas and the Hausas)
Reading the verses prior to the story of the good Samaritan, one will notice that the story is a response to the question asked by a certain lawyer, “who is my neighbour?” but this story goes beyond just answering the question but also illustrating the redemption story, infact Ellen G. White in her book The Desire of Ages (a classic on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, a must read for all) writes; “In the story of the good Samaritan, Jesus gave a picture of Himself and His mission. Man had been deceived, bruised, robbed and ruined by Satan and left to perish; but the saviour had compassion on our helpless condition. He left his glory to come to our rescue. He found us ready to die, and he undertook our case. He healed our wounds. He covered us with his robe of righteousness. He opened to us a refuge of safety, and made complete provision for us at his own charges. He died to redeem us.” (Desire of Ages, Chapter 54, The Good Samaritan, Page 503).
In the redemption story; we (the human race) are the certain man, the thief is Satan and the good Samaritan represents Jesus.
The story of the good Samaritan does not just illustrate the redemption story alone, it also illustrates the nature of true religion. In the story of the good Samaritan and the life of Jesus we find an illustration and a fulfilment of the principle of the law which calls us to “love your neighbour as yourself”.
So when Jesus Christ told the lawyer to “Go and do likewise”, He was telling us all to do more than just profess to be children of God but also act it. He(Jesus) showed us that been the good samaritan is not just been a charitable and helpful person it is been like Him.
It is alarming to see professed children of God/Christians (not excluding me) say statements like “I am not the good Samaritan” when someone asks us for a favour, when that is exactly who God wants us to be; according to Isaiah 58, God tells us he does not need our empty fasts what he wants from us is to do good deeds stated in the text as loosing the chains of injustice, setting the oppressed free, sharing our food to the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless and clothing the naked and Jesus also said doing these deeds are vital to determining our eternal destination (Matthew 25:31-46), this good deeds are expected to be done in-respective of who the person is, the social status, race, tribe, colour of skin or even religion.
It is time we professed christians start doing the works of the one we claim to follow.
Now dont just go ahead doing this deeds because you want to make it to heaven, that would be selfish and no different from a person who does philanthropy because of his political ambition. So the first thing to do is get right with God by developing a true and close relationship with Jesus because without this there is no way we can do this deeds because our natural inclination is selfish and this calls us to be selfless, once you have begun this relationship with Jesus join the Good Sam Club (a name gotten from Dwight Nelson’s The Chosen devotional), dont get me wrong the Good Sam Club is not a club that you pay registration money and dues, its just a term for people who are willing to obey Jesus’s command to “Go and do likewise”.
Are you one of such people deciding to do as the good Samaritan did in whatever way you can?
Enlistment lines are open for all.

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3 responses to ““GO AND DO LIKEWISE”

  1. Pingback: No, @TheIRD, The Good Samaritan Does Not Lead To Just War | Homebrewed Theology

  2. This i must confess was written by an inspired man(believe me dis are not mere inspired words).I giv God glory on ur behalf for u hav dedicated yourself to him.God bless u.Lookin forward to ur next article and pls alert me wen its out.God bless u.

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