Relationships First: Our Neighbors

Day 6: Luke 10: 25-37

Let’s focus our attention on the story of “The Good Samaritan.” A lawyer, while asking Jesus how to receive eternal life, confirmed his knowledge of God’s law.

“The man answered, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” - Luke 10:27

When further questioned about who is the neighbor is this command, Jesus responded to the lawyer with the Samaritan story, a parable containing instructions and insight on compassion and kindness toward dealing with others. (Luke 10:25-37)

In my opinion, most Christians would probably go to great extremes in helping someone victimized to the point of death. In truth, such heroic opportunities are rare in our lifetime. Here is the twist though: What would you do for a person threatened to the point of eternal death? This happens daily for all of us – and the closest to the vest are our “neighbors” – essentially people we come in contact with every day.

What would result if we were to treat a common person without our schedule with great care and consideration? Maybe this person isn’t our closest friend but rather someone we even try to stay away from. By simply being friendly and getting to know people better, we have moments to gain empathy for their situation, gain friendship, and receive opportunities to share about Christ later down the road.

Even more important than saving the physical life of someone is to help in saving eternal lives.

Ask yourself today: Following the example of Jesus’ parable – who is my neighbor?