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What must I do? Eternal life/entrance into the Kingdom
Vs. 27-28: Your relationship with God cannot be separated from your relationships with the people around you!
There is nothing outside of loving God that we can do to earn salvation. Eternal life/Salvation is not earned by works, it is received in a Relationship of love with God. You can’t love someone without having a relationship with them. If you just know about a person but do not know the person than you only love your image of that person; it is an idol…
It is the same with God. You worship your version, your image of God, but not God Himself. It is only in a love relationship with God and others that we truly get to know them. If you love someone, you accept them as they are while encouraging them to grow and be more Christ like.
Something must have bothered our friend here; There is no list of do’s and don’ts, of right behavior and wrong, of rules and works. Just the commandment to love God and those around me.
He must have felt conviction. It is very hard to love the unlovable, the one with the miserable attitude, the Negative Nates and Nancys who always find ways to bring us down, the downtrodden, the broken, the addict, the drunk, the unbeliever and the servant who we usually ignore. You know, waiters and waitresses, those who run the checkout, bag your groceries, or take your order…
When you order at the drive thru, that broken and hard to understand voice belongs to a human being and when they get the order wrong they are still human created in the image of God, loved by the Father! What is to be your response when you order Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, on a sesame seed bun, hold the onion and you get your big mac with extra onions?
And, the worst of the worst, those who serve you at the DMV and in the government. And what of the telemarketer, the nurse, the police officer or mail carrier… are they not your neighbor in that moment?
Vs. 29: In seeking to justify himself, what he was really asking was who do I not have to love? Who can I write off as too far gone, not worth the time, who? How about those dead in their sin?
The priest and the levite: contamination, complication, difficulties and delay… not bad people, a lot like us, just busy, not now, not here, not me, different agenda…
Vs. 33 Compassion: Christ like compassion, the father in the Prodigal, Jesus with the 5 thousand, Jesus with the crowd that were like sheep without a shepherd…
Notice: this was not an appointment, this was a chance encounter, vs. 31
Responsibility – took him in, vs. 34-35, took care of His needs, like the Father…
Love is not a sentimental feeling, it is sacrificial action. It may involve interruptions in our schedule for the day, it may take time, resources, and expending money. It may mean getting dirty, involved, and loss.
The original question posed to Jesus was, “Who is my neighbor?” But after the story, Jesus asks, “Which of these three proved to be a Neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” How can you prove to be a neighbor? To the lost, hurting , to those lying dead in sin?
The love seen in this story originated in the one who showed compassion, who stopped and loved…
Are we more concerned in what it will cost us to do our duty as Christians/citizens of the Kingdom or in being a loving neighbor?
- What is love?
- Which man proved to be in the Kingdom?
- Who is your neighbor?
- Where does this “love” originate?