Why did God talk about money in the Parable of the Good Samaritan?
*Wait. What? The Parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t about money, Gary.*
But it is. Look at it in Luke 10:30-35:
> *In reply Jesus said: “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, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. *
> *But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins 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 Samaritan saw the injured man and took it upon himself to do something to help him. That’s God’s heart. And the parable paints a picture of God taking it upon Himself to meet our need.
But there’s much more to the story.
After the Samaritan took the man to the inn, it says he took out two silver coins, gave them to the innkeeper, and told him to look after the wounded man.
Then he says, *‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’*
Remember, the Samaritan represents God, and He is telling the innkeeper that all of the expense needed to take care of this man—whatever it takes, whatever it costs—will be covered.
God will pay the bills for you to act on His behalf to help people.*
You are the innkeeper.
The Church is the inn that takes the broken and dying and allows them to heal and become whole. And you are the one Jesus empowered to go and touch people.
God has a “whatever it costs” perspective about money, because He’s not after money. He’s after people, and He will go to all extremes and all costs to reach just one person. He left that innkeeper a blank check!
You are the innkeeper. God is saying, “I’ll make sure you are amply supplied to carry out the assignment I have given you. Take care of people.”
He’s not a hard taskmaster. Loving people is not a duty. The innkeeper didn’t hear the Samaritans request to take care of the stranger as if it were a duty.
He heard the request as an opportunity for *profit*.
He didn’t hear anything about duty or guilt or obligation or religion. He only heard how he was going to be *paid* for all the days he would take care of the guy.
So much of the Church has a duty mentality instead of a profit mentality. But God wants His Kingdom to expand. And there’s profit in serving Him.