Luke 10:21-42; Genesis 18; Psalm 11
When I’m given a task, I want to know exactly what to do and who to include. I don’t want to miss anyone I’m supposed to help, but I sure don’t want to do more than I have to. I can sympathize with the lawyer who wanted to pin Jesus down. “But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10:29) Of course, we know the story. Jesus made a Samaritan the hero of the story. It was so obvious that even the lawyer had to admit it, though he wouldn’t use the name. The point of Jesus was that we show love for our neighbor by being a neighbor to all. It’s not an area designation, it’s a relationship issue. He used the most hated class of person to show that we are to love all. If we want to do things in Jesus’ way, think of that people group you most hate, or are most frightened of. Jesus would tell us to be a neighbor to people from that group.
Lord, I wish You would have made things easier. I wish You would have said that our neighbors are the people like us. Instead, You made it clear that we are to show love to all people regardless of skin color, religious belief, or choice of activities. Give me the grace to be a neighbor to all.