Leadership is not a title. Leadership is the initiative to do good which inspires others to follow suit.
Grow in conscious awareness of opportunities to do good by De Waal Esterhuizen’s short inspirational video.
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Observation and reflection questions
Context: Jesus was asked by a Lawyer “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” to which the man answered “to love God… and your neighbor as yourself” but then he asked “So who is my neighbor…?” The ‘Good Samaritan’ story is Jesus’ reply. Samaritan’s were despised by Jews because of their syncretism of Mosaic Law.
- Three people walked by a man who was beaten to death, but only one helped him.
- What rank or type of leadership do these three people hold?
- Who took initiative (or leadership) in this situation?
- Why did he take initiative (or leadership)? (verse 33)
- Why do you suppose the others did not take initiative?
- If Jesus were to teach this story today in your church, which three characters would he use in this story to illustrate the same principle? In other words who would be a modern-day priest, Levite and Samaritan?
Personal reflection and application questions and prayer
Having a title of leadership amounts to nothing unless you take action for the betterment of others when the opportunities arise.
- Imagine yourself in a situation similar to the story above. What would prevent you from taking initiative?
- List the three biggest motives or excuses not to act.
- Confess these to God and ask for courageous, selfless love to act when the need arises today.
- Do the following to train yourself in selflessness and awareness of opportunities:
- Set aside 5 minutes your busy schedule today to look around you and spot opportunities to do good to others – something simple and practical like emptying an office trash can or carrying files to the store room or making coffee for a busy co-worker who hasn’t had a lunch break.
- So this for each day this week. But schedule this – perhaps a reminder on your phone?
- Notice how The Good Samaritan helped the man in need because “he saw him and had compassion on him”. Think of the circumstance and needs of the people whom you lead or those in your small group/ fellowship group. Which person’s situation moves your heart the most? Pray for him/her, send him/her a message of encouragement and plan something practical to help. This is leadership.