Created for Connection Series
The Sharing Connection
September 24, 2017
This morning we are going to be looking at the last in the series of messages in the Created for Connection series. This morning we want to see the sharing connection.
Sharing Connection is to be the DNA of the radical faith journey of Christ follows. It is the antidote to greed and selfishness. It is a defining characteristic of Christ’s disciples!
Our text is found in Luke 10:30-37. It’s a familiar text/story but I’m asking the Lord to help us to see it with fresh eyes and a new anointed perspective.
Let’s read the text together out loud:
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins e and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” NIV
This is another of Jesus powerful teachings on Community! Remember our Lord gave this parable to answer the question of someone seeking to justify himself regarding the question “Who is my neighbor?”
Perhaps the following video illustration can help us modernize the context of this question:
Play Igniter video – Good Samaritan
You see you and I dare not miss that Jesus point in response to the question who is my neighbor is those God puts in our path who have a need I can help with!
- Haven’t you been encouraged it the past month in the midst of the devastating natural disasters of people making a sharing connection with their neighbor?
- Hurricane Harvey – your donations, physical connections – Tiffany & James Burns took stuff to Beaumont this past week
- Earthquake in Mexico and the rescue efforts to find and literally dig out those trapped in the rumble
- Watching all this unfold – the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and whispered that the sharing connection is a process that us to be in tune with God’s heart and principles.
- So, for the next 20 minutes or so God wants us to see…
The Sharing Connection is a process that requires us to
- See people with our Hearts v.33
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
We dare not miss that…
- All three ‘saw’ with their eyes.
- Verse 31 says the Priest saw the man
- Verse 32 says the Levite saw him as well
- To be sure the natural eyes are a part of the process that God wants to use to make the sharing connections HE has for us in our faith journey
- BUT your physical eyes alone are not enough when it comes to wonderful connections God desires for us!
- This is the reason that the Apostle Paul prays —
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. NIV
Just imagine how revolutionary it would be IF you and I started everyday praying … God touch the eyes of my heart today so its enlightened to know the hope to which you have called me!
Let me show you Why this is important — it because ….
- The heart determines the feet’s direction!
The text reveals that others only saw with their natural eyes but the man we call the good Samaritan saw with the eyes of his heart because He took pity – was moved with compassion for his circumstances
Check out his video of Samuel and note the change of the direction of his feet once he saw with more than his eyes and saw with his heart.
Play video from Rightnow media – “Life on a Mission”
This is one of the reason that small groups are so important! God’s wants us to see each other beyond facial recognition, he wants to give us heart recognition!
Once the move beyond the first stage of seeing with just our hearts and have our hearts enlightened we are ready for the next stage of the sharing connection.
The second stage of the Sharing Connection process that requires me to
- Respond to their Need v.34
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
- Physically – He did what I could
- The eyes of his heart moved to the point his hands got involved. He literally rowed up his sleeves and bandaged his wounds.
- The Scriptures teach is that – The Book of James:
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. NIV
- I want to point out that the man used the resources at his disposal – just simply do want you can. So many times, we make the excuse, “Well, I don’t have enough resources to help.”
- Little is much when God is in it!
- He had a donkey and used it to take the man for more help
- He had some things to use to bandage up his wounds
- He had some wine to use clean/anesthetic and oil to apply to the wounds – which leads to the next thing I want us to see. Looking back at the context we see that he poured the oil and wine into/on the wounds…
When we recognize we were created for connection we will see the importance of sharing/pouring into people’s lives.
I want us to view the oil and wine not only physically but symbolically
- Verbally – He poured in what he could
In the ancient Near East, with its scarcity of water, wine was a necessity rather than a luxury, so it came to symbolize sustenance and life. Due to its close relationship to the ongoing life of the community, in association with grain and oil, wine is also representative of the covenant blessings God promised to Israel for obedience, and which He would withhold for disobedience. Finally, wine also represents joy, celebration, and festivity, expressing the abundant blessings of God. https://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/3831/Wine-Symbolism-of-.htm
- Odds are that many if not most of us won’t find many folks beaten and bleeding on the side of the road physically, But we do come across scores of people who have been wounded badly by Satan. (God wants to enlighten – open the eyes of our hearts to see them!
- Thousands around us are hemorrhaging from deep wounds of the master thief.
- Even when we have little or nothing to give physically we do have the oil and the wine to pour into those wounds
The last stage of the Sharing Connection process that requires me to
- Give What we can v.35
The next day he took out two silver coins e and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
The Sharing Connection has the near and the far in proper perspective. It sees the little picture those things close at hand as well as the big picture the impact of the future.
- The little picture – is all about the present needs
- He got him to a place the inn where further care could be given and his present needs could be attended too.
- He obviously had resources to (Two silver coins) he gave what he had and it would seem he gave all he had
- Can I remind you, God never asks of me to give more than I have, but he may ask me to give more that I think I can afford to give.
- The lad who gave his entire lunch
- The Widow at Zapeth
This sharing connection caused the Good Samaritan to give for the immediate need but also with an eye on …
- The big picture (The future)
- I clearly believe that the big picture was him getting back on his feet and taking care of himself
- Because the Bible says:
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. NIV
At first glance, it looks like there is a contradict here. Carry each other’s burdens – for each one should care his own load
Burdens are extra heavy loads or situations that are difficult to endure by oneself. They are more that we can handle alone
At Times, our loads become extra heavy burdens because of the situation of life
We as Christians must learn to discern between the two – this is so much easier when we walk in Community connected with each other. (Importance of Small Groups and Connect Groups!)
First – The parable has another application we must not miss this morning. Every one of us is the beaten, robbed and dying man in the ditch. Satan has robbed us, stripped us, wounded us; LEFT US TO DIE. The Bible says we are dead because sins; utterly unable to help ourselves, for we were without strength. The law has no compassion on us, gives us no relief, passes by on the other side, as having neither pity nor power to help us; but then comes the blessed Jesus, that good Samaritan (and they said of him, by way of reproach, he is a Samaritan), he has compassion on us, he binds up our bleeding wounds (Ps 147:3; Isa 61:1), pours in, not oil and wine, but that which is infinitely more precious, his own blood.
Finally – pray for those that the burden is too great to carry on your own.