Making the Deal
Who is My Neighbor?
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:26-37
Key Verse: Luke 10:25
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Who was this person who came to Jesus and asked how to inherit eternal life? All Luke tells us is that he was an “expert in the law.” Undoubtedly, the man was a Pharisee, one who had studied the law since childhood. This expert asked the question to test Jesus, not to trust Jesus. He wasn’t looking for answers. He was looking to promote himself: the one who could out-whit Jesus! This expert soon found that he was no match for Jesus.
Jesus did give an answer. He did not hesitate to take the opportunity to teach an eternal truth. Interestingly, Jesus insisted that the “expert” himself repeat the correct answer. So, he did: Love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself. That was it. Nothing complicated. A simple formula for “making the deal” for eternity!
Of course, the real issue with anyone and everyone is living this “love” factor out in everyday life. What does it mean to love God with all of ourselves, and our neighbor as ourselves? Jesus comes to the rescue by giving us a parable to help us picture this all-important truth. We call this parable, “The Good Samaritan” story. Even secular society knows its basic meaning. They use the phrase: “Be a good Samaritan.” Bottom line it and we see its simplicity: love in action. Love God and our “neighbors” with good deeds and holy behavior. As Jesus said: “Do this and you will live.”
Father, forgive me when I try to confuse the issue of walking with you. Help me today to see ways to ‘act out’ my love for you and those around me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.