Have you heard of the 1973 “Good Samaritan Study” done by Darley and Batson? Seminary students were asked to participate in an experiment. The purpose was to test the effect of being in a hurry on a person’s willingness to help someone in obvious need.
What they found was that even young men preparing to be pastors were likely to bypass someone in need if they were in a rush. Some of the hurried students literally stepped over a man who had been positioned slumped in a doorway, moaning and coughing.
There are many beliefs that contribute to our failure to reflect the love of Christ in our lives. The belief that we’re in a hurry is only one of those.
For the Pharisees, it had to do with obeying rules. They believed it was unlawful to heal on the Sabbath.
But for Jesus? No such beliefs deter him from his love. He will never be in too much of a hurry to help us, or heal us. He will never allow man-made rules and laws to get in the way of his love.
That’s because going to work to serve and save you is true rest for Jesus. It’s the best worship there is. That’s what he believes.
That’s what he knows.
“On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Get up and stand in front of everyone.’ So he got up and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, ‘I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?’
He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was completely restored.” (Luke 6:6-10, NIV).
Our Bible reading for Wednesday, March 25, is Number 19:1 – 21:3, Luke 5:33 – 6:11 and Proverbs 8:1-11.
Jesus, thank you for not allowing anything to get in the way of you showing us your love. As we approach the celebration of Good Friday, there is no greater evidence of your love than what you suffered for us at the cross. Help me to know just how good your love is. Help me to believe that it is equally good to show your love to others, without any false beliefs getting in my way.
Header image based on "Hand" by Peter Zuco, CC By-SA 2.0