The story of the Good Samaritan occurs in Luke 10:25-37. It is immediately followed in Luke 10:38-42 by the story of the sisters Mary and Martha: one of whom sat and listened to Jesus while the other tried to serve Him, being “worried and bothered” in the process. Can it be that Luke (or, more importantly, the Holy Spirit) wants us to see the similarity between Martha’s “busyness” for the Lord and the hurrying of the priest and Levite right by the wounded traveler?
Might this sort of dynamic also be a reason for James’ admonition in James 4:13-17? He chides those who do not recognize that even if you believe you are “going to Jericho for the will of God” it can still be the will of God for you to stop along the way to help someone in need. Even if it makes you a day late and a dollar short.
Read the two passages from Luke 10 mentioned above and see if you see at least a slight similarity between Martha and the priest and the Levite. Then, be willing to stop anywhere along the way of your life in order to do the will of God.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.