We’ve all heard the command from Jesus, “Love your neighbor.” Without any hesitation, many of us put ourselves in the obedient category when we read it. In Luke 10, a lawyer asks Jesus the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ answer helps us understand what “neighbor” really means.
Jesus tells a parable about a man who was robbed, beaten, stripped, and left for dead. After a priest and a Levite avoid the wounded man, a Samaritan noticed him, doctored his wounds, brought him to an inn, and even paid for his care.
In our daily living, it can be so easy to gravitate toward people who have the same interests or social status. We enjoy spending time with those people because our conversations are interesting and often entertaining. But this man that Jesus is describing didn’t have anything to offer the Samaritan. There was nothing about him that made their interactions enjoyable or profitable. This man cost the Samaritan his time, his energy, and his money.
There are people in your life that often get avoided. They may be awkward, rude, or just difficult to be around. However you feel about them, they may be the people that need the most help. It’s a good thing to have friends that you have a good time with and encourage you, but we can’t allow ourselves to be like the first two men in this parable and ignore people who need help. I would encourage you to ask God the same question this week, expecting Him to point out someone specific… Who is my neighbor?
Scripture of the week – James 2:1
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.