Luke 10:31-32 "And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side."
How many of us would have stopped to help this man that needed some one's assistance? Would you have allowed yourself to be inconvenienced? I would like to say that I would have but I'm ashamed to admit that I'm not sure I would have. And if you're honest with yourself I'm sure you wouldn't have either. We get so caught up in our own lives that we tend to forget what we should be doing. God provides opportunities for us to serve Him every day and we tend to not do the things that inconvenience us.
We live in a day that is consumed with convenience. We have drive-thru restaurants where you can have your meal passed to you through your car window. There are drive-thru stores, car washes, some gas stations that have full-service, banks, wedding chapels and I have even heard of drive-thru funeral parlors where you can pay your respects without even having to get out of your car. There are drive-thru pharmacies and dry cleaners. You name it and there is probably a time-saving way of going about that task.
We have a sort of drive-thru religion in the Christian life as well. The priest and the Levite could not be bothered by the dire circumstances of the "certain man". When is the last time you allowed yourself with a good attitude and a sweet spirit to be inconvenienced by that person calling at the last minute for a ride to church or to go to a home that is ten miles out of your way so they can come to hear the gospel preached? When the pastor speaks of a need in the church (whether it be a position or some other service such as taking meals to one that is sick or making a phone call to someone who has missed church) how many of us are willing to be inconvenienced and go the extra mile for the Lord in that person's life? Our church services may still be held in the sanctuary but many of us haven't turned the car engine off in our minds and we're just "driving thru" or going through the motions. Sometimes our minds are on the meal we will be having after the service or the baseball or football game that is coming on while we are supposed to be worshipping the One Who saved us from eternity in the Lake of Fire. How many of us really could go soul-warning when the church has set aside that time but we don't want to be inconvenienced enough to go tell someone about how Jesus died for them and wants to give them eternal life?
We need to put our lives in park...get out of our cars and do something today that inconveniences us. I don't think it was "convenient" that Jesus went to the cross of Calvary and suffered and died for our sins the way He did. But He sure did do it for us...and He didn't even complain about it!! How much more can we and should we be doing for Him?