Key Bible Verse: You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you. (Philippians 4:9, CEV) Dig Deeper: John 14:15-21
But Jesus wasn't content just telling the story [of the Good Samaritan]. He wasn't interested in merely winning the debate or in having the lawyer shed a tear at the touching narrative. So after telling the unforgettable story, he looked into the eyes of the lawyer and said, simply, "You go, and do likewise" (Luke 10:37, ESV).
Go and do likewise. Those words are like a firm, brotherly pat on the back, an urge to move forward, a daring invitation. With these words Jesus swept the lawyer right out of the safe realm of the hypothetical and theoretical, and plopped him smack dab in the nitty-gritty land of real life.
I think there's something refreshing and honest and real about the words "go and do likewise." They are like a door flung open in the winter—ushering cold, brisk gospel air into the stuffy, warm house of cultural Christianity. They wake me up. They remind me that Jesus isn't just my blessed Savior, but my insistent Lord. They point to the wonderful news that Jesus wants more for me than right answers and an elegant theology. He wants me to get caught up in God's work all around me. He wants me to be, in a word, missional.