Created to BE FOR Community

There are few passages of Scripture that point out God’s vision for Community better than the story of the Good Samaritan. 

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of 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, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two silver coins 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?”  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  (Luke 10:25-37)

Love the Lord your God…and your neighbor as yourself.  Being in community and FOR one another may involve risking any of these:

  • our being inconvenienced
  • our involvement and concern costing us something
  • our timetable being impacted
  • our image being tainted
  • our being viewed as meddling
  • and our feeling overwhelmed by the needs of others.
How do we discern whether it’s my responsibility or someone else’s?  

None of us should feel the need to be Messiah.  All of us should be concerned to follow Him. 

Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” For many of us, those are hard words.

If someone’s situation presents me with the opportunity to have mercy or pass by, it’s probably a good place to “Do likewise.” 

How can I do that without being impolite or feeling like a meddler?  Probably the simplest answer is to ask, “Is there a special way I can pray for you today?”  If they would value the help, they’ll tell you by how they phrase their answer.  If the answer is “No, everything’s fine,” then the opportunity isn’t ours.

We were Created to BE in Community and we are Created to BE FOR Community.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  (1 John 3:16-18)

Categories Articles and Devotionals, Chapel Worship/News, Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on May 24, 2011

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