Good Neighbors

Meditation, A Story from Jesus of Nazareth

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” - Luke 10:25-37 NIV

The world exists in perpetual chaos, with no predictable outcomes.

In the midst of this uncertainty,

God does not tell you what He is going to do, He reveals to you who He is.

Oswald Chambers

And most often God's revelation comes in the form of a human being.

You are poised to be the revelation of God in someone's life.

For love's sake, will you risk being inconvenienced and misunderstood?

It is not simply enough to know the path to salvation… it must be expressed and extended.

The greatest disease in the west, is not tuberculosis or leprosy:

it is being unwanted, unloved, uncared for.  – Mother Theresa

In our world there are people beaten and bloodied laying around us everywhere. More often than not we are blinded in our pre-occupation.

But there are those times when God pulls back the curtain. 

What will you do in that moment?

"But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?"

- 1 John 3:17

The Good Samaritan did not become good in the instant. 

It was who he was. 

Goodness of the heart is most often discovered in the awkwardness of serving. 

Prayer:

Pray this prayer to God, "Oh Lord may we never be comfortable religious people who insulate ourselves from the needs of others. Open our eyes to those beaten down by life and empower us to be a good neighbor."

JacquiD