Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, August 1, 2021


Text: “And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?” -Luke 10:25-29.

Comment:  After correctly answering the question put to him by Jesus Christ, the lawyer followed up with another question, asking him who was his neighbour?  Christ then told him the parable of the Samaritan. According to the story, a certain Jew who travelled from Jerusalem to Jericho was robbed on the way and left half dead.  A priest, saw him but passed another way. A Levite who passed also saw him and passed by. It was a Samaritan, whom the Jews despised, who had compassion on him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine. He then set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. “And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.” (Luke 10:33-35)   The lesson being taught in the parable was clear; our Saviour asks us to “Go, and do thou likewise”.

As children of the Kingdom, we must do as Jesus Christ has taught us. We should help or show kindness to any person, friend or foe, of whatever nation or religion, he might be, who needs our help as the Samaritan did.  “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” – Hebrews 10:24.