Luke 10:29b NIV “…who is my neighbor?”
It’s a parable that we’re all familiar with, the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Yet another expert in the law wanted to make himself look good and maybe make Jesus look bad. So, he decides to test Jesus and see how he answers a question about the law. After getting an answer that he isn’t satisfied with, he pushes a little further and asks Jesus to tell him who exactly is his neighbor.
So, I’ll ask the question to you, who is your neighbor? Take a moment and think about that. While you do, think about this question, in this world of technology and people having their faces buried in their cell phones, tablets, kindles, and whatever other pieces of equipment you want to include there have we lost the idea of what it means to be neighbors to people?
Understand that I’m not talking about neighbors in the sense of people who live next door to you or even in your immediate neighborhood. When Jesus said in Matthew 7, “…do to others what you would have them do to you…” could we understand that the “others” Jesus is talking about could be considered our neighbors? Others being the people we come in contact with every day. Whether it’s co-workers, classmates or even people we just run into while we’re out and about. Those are our neighbors. How do we treat them?
How do others know we’re disciples? More often than not, by the things we do. People notice how we treat others. People notice how we care for those in need. People notice how we build each other up and encourage others. And, they notice if we don’t do any of those things. They notice how we treat our neighbors.
Pay attention, give thought to, focus on how you treat your neighbors.
Luke 10:36-37 NIV “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.’” NIV