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12/31/2010

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"But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?' " (Luke 11:29)

Teaching moments often happen when questions are asked. Jesus was an extremely good teacher. When the lawyer asked Jesus about what he needed to do to inherit eternal life, Jesus, the master teacher asked him a pointed question. This is great teaching. The man answered well, but needed more justification, so he asked the question that is today's verse. Jesus preceded with the great parable of the Good Samaritan. At the end, Jesus asked another question. "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" (V 36) The lawyer again answered correctly and Jesus finished with a statement which echoes through the corridors of time..."Go and do likewise" (V 37). There are great lessons in this parable. One is that it is not enough just to know the law that God teaches. To inherit eternal life we must do His will. The lawyer's knowledge of the law was not his problem. It was his knowledge of how to carry it out. The apostle John writes; "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they might have a right to the tree of life" (Rev. 22:14). It is just not enough to say that we love others. "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth" (1 John 3:18). The apostle Paul put it this way; "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of God" (Gal. 6: 9 -10).

It is often necessary to give something up of our own to do good to others. God has always stressed sacrifice. Jesus in Matthew 25 told us the importance of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. He told us about caring for the sick and visiting prisoners. These things alone do not themselves make us Jesus followers, but a lack of them surely shows that we are not. Compassion is a part of the Christian fiber. I believe that it starts in our churches. Having and contributing to food and clothing banks. Identifying the needy and seeing that they are cared for locally. We can show the love that we have for Jesus in our actions toward others. Before we can teach about the love of Jesus, we need to show that love in our compassionate deeds. The great appeal of the parable of the Good Samaritan is all about identifying a need and filling it..I cannot improve on the words of our Savior...."Go and do likewise"

Have a wonderful day...A RAK is random....Doing good all the time should be a credo.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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