Jesus told the following parable: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite . . . passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan . . . when he saw him, he took pity on him. Luke 10: 30– 33
Two things strike me in this story. First, a Levite passed by the desperate man on the road. Levites are worshipers. Here was a man who was worshiping God but could not see one broken, bloody, hurting person lying on the road in need of practical help. What good is our worship if it is blind? What good is our worship if it ignores the needy?
Second, the man who stepped in was a Samaritan. Samaritans were hated by Jews because they had inter-married with non-Jews and didn’t observe the Mosaic Law. He was an unlikely helper, since he would have known he was despised.
In the same way, neighbors of yours might not like you, work colleagues might not appreciate the values you stand for, family members might hate that you’re a Christian. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that you continue to demonstrate radical love to them each day, that they experience the kindness of God through you.
Revival comes when believers carry so much of the love of Jesus and are so confident in their identity as sons and daughters of God that every person they touch with their lives encounters something of Jesus. Revival comes when believers stop to touch the broken and bleeding with the kindness of God— even though they know full well that person despises what they stand for. In the end, love breaks through. Love wins.