Seeing Ourselves in the
Good Samaritan Story.

Luke 10:30-36

(30) Jesus replied and said, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead.
{31} "And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
{32} "And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
{33} "But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,
{34} and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on <them>;and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
{35} "And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.'
{36} "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' <hands>?"

Introduction:

For years 20 percent of the regular givers to the church have given 80% of the total offerings. A recent study indicates now 12 to 16 percent give 80% of the money. Also new indicators show those over 55 give over 50% of the money.

What is your attitude concerning giving? In the text I want you to note 3 kinds of persons all of us may see ourselves in this story.

1. WE CAN BE SEEN AS TAKERS.

2. WE CAN BE SEE AS KEEPERS.

3. WE CAN BE SEE AS GIVERS.



1. WE CAN BE SEEN AS TAKERS. v 30



(30) Jesus replied and said, "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead.

A Takers think only of their wants and needs.

1. You can spot them at the restaurant.

2. You can spot them at the golf course.

B. Takers are almost always negative people. I guess 80% of them

1. Nothing positive about always thinking of self.

2. They never enjoy anyone else getting something nicer than them.

a. Nobody ever did that for me.

C. Takers are thieves. (Or free loaders)

1. In the story they robbed this man of what he had.

2. Read Malachi 3:10

ILLUSTRATION:
The lottery and gambling people are takers. Your chance of winning is 1 in 55,000,000 or equal to drowning in your own bath water.

ILLUSTRATION:
A church went to buy a sound system and they were told we are Christians and we will give you a special deal. Some one checked the price in another store and got a much better price. Some people are takers even in the name of Christ.

ILLUSTRATION:
Let me tell you about one of my cousins. She was born to a mother (my aunt who died Monday) who really did not want to be pregnant. Her father die when she was six. Her mother started drinking heavily. Many times while only 12 years of age she would help her mother get home and then have to get her drunken mother ready for bed. Because her mother was having a hang over she would not let her daughter go to school the next day.

When this girl was only 14 her brother in law beat and raped her. Her mother threatened the brother in law with police action if he ever beat up on his pregnant wife like he beat up on this 14 year old. The mother had the brother in law sign a piece of paper to that effect. Never any remorse or sympathy for the 14 year old daughter.

At sixteen this cousin joined a hippie style commune. She is told you must bring in some money every night or you don't get a bed to sleep on. She pan-handles. She even stole from little ladies as she would run by them and steal their pocketbooks. SHE WAS A TAKER. She did not give any money for any good purpose.

I am pleased to say she has recently been saved. She is learning from Christ to be a giver rather than a taker.

APPLICATION:

It does not finally matter how a person became a taker they need to move away from that perspective.



2. WE CAN BE SEEN AS KEEPERS. v 31-32


{31} "And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
{32} "And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

A. Keepers think primarily of their wants and needs.

1. Generally give to emotional Pleas.

2. Give by inspiration rather than Loves obligation.

B. Keepers are usually Negative people. I would say more than 50%

1. I don't see any need for a new building.

2. We don't have as many today as we had last year.

a. If church growth were up to them few churches would ever grow.

Illustration:
At a conference I attended recently a man told of deacon who wanted to stall church growth. This man wanted to stall the growth because he felt threatened. He feared for his place of prominance.

C. Keepers are more interested in Religion than Christianity.

1. They have rituals to keep and little rules to obey.

2. They do not defile themselves with someone in need.

ILLUSTRATION:Let me sight a Biblical Illustration.
Do you remember the "Parable of the Talents"?

One person received 5 Talents of money and gained 5 more. One person received 2 Talents of money and gained 2 more. One person received 1 Talents of money and gained no more.

Matthew 25:24-28 (NASB) "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed. {25} 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.' {26} "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I scattered no seed. {27} 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. {28} 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'

The man with one talent wanted to keep it. He was affraid to invest and by faith trust the Lord.

APPLICATION:

We Can Be Seen as Keepers, and be like the Levites and Preist in the story.



3. WE CAN BE SEEN AS GIVERS. v 33-35


{33} "But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,
{34} and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on <them>;and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
(35} "And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.'

A. Givers always want to share with others.

1. Their is a need and they want to help.

2. They give of their means to help someone else.

B. Givers are almost always positive people.

1. Present and Future needs.

2. We need a new building. Their are people to reach.

C. This position represents trust. "give now and latter"

ILLUSTRATION:
Margaret Johnson husband died. She had very meager means with which to support her family. The office was taken a collection for a needy family and Margaret insisted on giving even though they urged her not to give. She felt very good about giving. She latter learned the collection was for her needs.

ILLUSTRATION:
My aunt (who I refer to earlier) became a Christian and became a giver. In recent years she went out of her way to help my mother and her children.

ILLUSTRATION:
Jarman shoe company, $100,000 for a church building in every large city of Mission Field.

APPLICATION:

1. WE CAN BE SEEN AS TAKERS.

2. WE CAN BE SEE AS KEEPERS.

3. WE CAN BE SEE AS GIVERS.



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