A HEATHLY WALK WITH GOD REACHES OUT
And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself – Mat. 22:39
Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33, “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. Tribulation is pressure, burdens and most of us don’t do to well with “Tribulation” and so we become people with physical and spiritual needs – a need to be ministered to.
Ministry is reaching out to people many times in desperate need – physical and spiritual – the whole person. Jesus met the immediate needs of those he ministered to first as part of His ministry. He revealed His heart through His actions. The problem is that we want to limit the definition of who our neighbor is. Let’s turn over the Luke 10:25-37.
Jesus said: “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?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
I believe the bible would define a neighbor as anyone and everyone. Since God so loved the world that would make our usual definition of neighbor invalid. The world outside these four walls doesn’t care how much you know! But they want to know how much you care!
Jesus looked on the crowds and had compassion and took action! We are living in a world filled with a lot of hurts. We can help mend these hurts. We need to do the same thing that Jesus did. Stretch out your hand church.
Father, we want and need to be more like You. Help us to see the deep hurts and needs of those around us and in spite of ourselves apply the healing power of love to their lives…In Jesus name, Amen.