It seems most people are familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan. We remember how the Jews and the Samaritans hated each other. We know a man skilled in the law had asked Jesus about what was important, and Jesus had told him to love God and to love his neighbor. And he had asked, “Who is my neighbor?”
Jesus, who never seemed to answer a question, but always either asked another question or told a story, did both. He illustrated with the story of a man who had fallen among robbers and thieves. He was left half dead on the side of the road. A priest came by, and later a Levite, and both left the man without offering help.
Later a Samaritan came, patched up his wounds, took him for help, and left money for his care. But here is something we often miss. What was the first thing that the Good Samaritan in this story did?
He got off his donkey.
So many people today are sitting on their “blessed assurance” and watching from the sidelines. Let me challenge you this morning to look around at the world in need. Get Off Your Donkey! Get in the race. Get in the game. Get involved. Do something for the good of God’s kingdom.
Get off your donkey.