Tonight we had Wyldlife. It happens every two weeks and is always the highlight of my week. Spending time with a bunch a crazy junior highers quickly reminds me of whats important and to never lose sight of that. Anyway, tonight one of the leaders spoke on the parable of the Good Samaritan and she did an awesome job. I, like most people, am familiar with the story but after coming home tonight I found myself drawn back to it, wanting to know and investigate more. As I got to the end of it I realized that there is a 5th person to the story that often gets overlooked, the innkeeper.
The innkeeper is mentioned only once in a short verse where the samaritan instructs him to take care of the wounded man and upon his return the innkeeper will be paid in full. Thats it, thats all we hear about him. In actuality he plays a bigger role then I had ever noticed before. By the samaritans' request the innkeeper is asked to ensure of the man's survival for little or no compensation. The samaritan does say that he will return but how can the innkeeper be so sure. And still he does. The innkeeper relinquishes his own feeling and thoughts toward the situation and out of obedience, trust, and the goodness of his own heart, cares for the man. What a selfless act.
When I think about the innkeeper's role in this story I cant help but wish that I could be like that. That I could have enough trust and obedience to put my own emotions and side and act out of the goodness of my heart. What a humbling reminder of what we all should strive for.