Today I’m going to be writing about a person with power. A person who has power to change lives. More power than you can imagine. The story is found in Luke 10:30 – 35. We read about a man who was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho. On his way, he was overrun by thieves. They stripped him of his raiment, wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead.
Verse 31 says how a certain priest came his way. When he saw him, he went over to the other side of the street and passed right by him. Does this person have any power? Certainly not. This person represents people of the church. Not all, but some. Who are there for their own gain, and not true followers of Christ. How many times will they see someone in need and pass right by?
Matt 15:8 declares, “These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Yes, this priest has no power, he can just keep walking on by. The church today is filled with so many of these kind of people. If they would just come back to God.
Then in verse 32 we hear about the Levite who was at the same place, came and looked on him, and passed again on the other side. Really? This Levite represents people who are so full of religion that they lost the true meaning of what Jesus was all about. There are religious people and religious celebrities who can quote the Scriptures, but will pass you by with condemnation. This is because you fail to keep their religious rules which they themselves do not keep.
Matt 23:4 says, “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be born and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves are not willing to move them with one of their fingers.” Mary Magdalene was condemned by the religious leaders of her time when she confessed her adultery. Instead of offering her help and a pardon, they were bent on stoning her. This is religion for you. This Levite, like so many religious people, had no power whatsoever. It was best he just walked on by. He was of no use to God or anybody else.
But then in verse 33, we read about a certain Samarian. He was on a journey, when he saw this man he had compassion on him. He went to him and bound up his wounds. He carried him to the inn and had the innkeeper look after him.
There, he is the man with power! Samarians were despised by the Jewish people. Let’s just put it this way, they didn’t get along too well. Yet, this Samarian had the power to change this person’s life. He had the power to help him where he was. He truly had the power of God upon him! Phi 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that which He has begun a good work in you will perform it, complete, until the day of Jesus Christ.”
So this person with power, is one that you would least expect. This person with power is you and I! We have the power to change people’s lives, or we can just go to the other side of the street and pass on. God gives everyone of us special gifts. Do we use these gifts to help others around us? Or do we just go to the other side of the road as if it didn’t really matter. I’m not sure about you, but I want to be remembered as one with power. Power to change people’s lives, even if it’s just one at a time.