What Kind of Neighbor Are You? - Sunday, 4/3
by L.Strickland | April 7, 2011
I have to admit it – when I woke up this morning I had no motivation and no joy and felt like pulling the covers back over my head. That is the time, on Sunday mornings, when I need to do exactly what I did. I went to the enemy’s camp and took back what he stole from me; by the time service ended my joy had returned and my spirit felt energized! Thank you, Pastor Randy, for your passion to share God with everyone. It changes lives and hearts.
Pastor read Luke 10:25-37 today, which is about The Good Samaritan. “Few of Jesus’ parables are more familiar or seemingly understood than the story of The Good Samaritan. It is usually interpreted as an object lesson on the duty of benevolence – and it is. However, it is so much more” he said. In this scripture a lawyer asks Jesus ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ and Jesus asked him ‘What was written in the Law?’ The lawyer replied ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself…and who is my neighbor?’ Pastor asked us what will this lawyer do with the answer…and what will WE do with it? “And that really is the bottom line, when you hear the truth, what will you do with it? You can’t do anything to inherit something. As inheritance depends entirely on the relationship you have with the giver, and on his will as expressed in his Will. Jesus hardly gave anybody a direct answer to anything…He usually would either answer a question with a question, or say ‘Let me tell you a story’. It seemed that Jesus always wanted to make the people He was talking with, think for themselves in order to give them the opportunity the think with Him”, said Pastor Randy. This is where, after the lawyer asked his questions, Jesus told him the parable of The Good Samaritan.
Please read this parable again…and decide for yourself, what kind of neighbor you are. Are you like the Priest and the Levite, who passed by on the other side of the road from the man who was beaten and robbed, or are you like the Good Samaritan who stopped to bandage his wounds and put him up at an inn to heal? Do you show compassion to others who are spiritually or physically wounded? Do you lend a hand to help someone up the stairs or open a door for them? Do you pray for others who are less fortunate than yourself? Do you worry what others might think of you instead of doing what you believe is right?
Best Quote of the Day:
“We would be so much better off if we would stop worrying about what other people think about us”
-Pastor Randy Scroggins