Am on the tail end of one of the busiest weekends I’ve ever experienced. But what a glorious time I’ve had this weekend whether teaching vocalists from around 20 churches about worship vocals, rehearsing with our worship teams from Every Nation here in Singapore, speaking at FGA both last night and today, or leading worship with Methodist youth groups from all over Singapore at last nights Fusion gathering, I am deeply honoured that I get to do what I do, let alone be called His son.
As I’m prepping for tonights service at EN Central (last one God, give us strength!) I’m reminded of the parable Jesus told of the Good Samaritan (found in Luke 10), and seeing myself in the characters of the priest and the Levite who, upon seeing a man who was beaten and left for dead on the road they were walking, walked along the other side of the road. The Samaritan in the parable though:
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. (Luke 10:33-34)
Although we can definitely find ourselves in the other characters in this parable, the Samaritan character in this story is only allegorical of one person – Jesus Christ, who upon sight of the beaten man:
1) Had compassion… came to where he was.- (compassion moves you from you from where you are to identify the place of the broken, lost and desolate, sympathy gasps “awwwww…” then moves on).
2) Binds up wounds, pouring oil (symbolic of Holy Spirit) and wine (symbolic for Joy and of course the blood that would be shed by Jesus himself)
3) Sets him on his own animal (lifts him to a place of new identity).
4) Brought to an inn to be taken care of (he brings the lost and broken into the Church).
Looking at the priest and the Levite, I see myself in them. Professional ministers who often can get so caught up in the busyness of ministry that they neglect the very people God cares about, and when confronted with the broken, walk in the opposite direction.
How we serve from the platform is not what matters most to God… After all, he gave it to you… What matters much more to God is how we love his people when we descend from the platform.
The fact that God himself became flesh embodies the heart we are to have as disciples of Christ who “get off our high horse” and tend to the broken.
God give us your heart!
Reflection/Discussion question: Who do yourself more like from this parable? Why?