Men, here’s a question for us today: If Jesus wanted to interrupt our agenda today, would He succeed? “Well, of course He would,” you might say, “He is God after all!” But, would He succeed? He most certainly is God, but He doesn’t put us in a headlock and make us say uncle either. Jesus told of just such an interruption for three different men.

He 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. 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, took 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” (Luke 10:30-35).

The story doesn’t say where any of these three men were going. They may have been on their way to something important; all three were on their way somewhere. Whatever was on their agenda, this beat up man was on God’s.

God doesn’t interrupt our agenda very often. Mostly He lets us focus on the day ahead of us. There are times, though, when He does expect us to put our needs aside and do something for Him. The priest and the Levite saw the man; they saw the need that God had placed on their path, and they chose not to serve him. The Samaritan also saw the need and served the man as though he were serving God Himself; and, really, he was. Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of these you have done unto me” (Matthew 25:40).

God’s agenda isn’t convenient. It’s an interruption of our day–our life–but, it is still God’s agenda.



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