Luke 10:29 (NET) But the expert, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
“Is your daily life harnessed to a dream, to the compelling power of a great, prophetic vision, something big enough to live for . . . even to die for? I am not speaking of your Christian life in the general sense of being part of the Body of Christ; rather, I am asking if a deep sense of mission guides and inspires you. ” Lou Engle
The key to a meaningful life is living for a purpose greater than self.Helping others will do wonders for your soul. It is however all to easy to stagnate and live for one’s self; to pursue a big but selfish dream where the good of others is addditional to creating one’s own little paradise rather than central to one’s existence.God demands our whole being.In Christ there is no self to take care of.In Christ You lose yourself.All of yourself.Then and only then you will find life and lasting riches lasting joy lasting peace.You become unshakable for your house is founded on the rock.
Luke 10:30-37 (NET) Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went off, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance a priest was going down that road, but when he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side.
So too a Levite, when he came up to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan who was traveling came to where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him.
He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’
Which of these three do you think became a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
The expert in religious law said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” So Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
It seems the young lawyer knew to love his neighbor and probably practised it to a degree,maybe even much more than others he was comparing himself to but he was looking for a limit. “I help people, always infact, but you can’t help everyone all the time, you need some time for yourself ” ; he could have thought. Jesus’ message was too extreme for him.
Mark 8:35 (KJV) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
The Samarita had places to go and things to to do but the key ethic in the story is that he would go out of his way and convenience to help those in need.He was moved beyond the ordinary.He was consumed with a service mindset.
Opportunities to serve others for the Glory of God are everywhere.Look carefully and you will find them.
In his book,Effective Home-Cell Ministry, Pastor David Yongi Cho shares an evangelistic habit that has made an impact in Korea bringing hundreds of thousands of people into the Kingdom under his Pastorate.Carrying groceries.
“…one of our home cell leaders came up with a
method. Every Saturday she began to spend a few hours
riding up and down in the elevator of her apartment
building. On many of those elevator rides she found
opportunities to help people. One mother needed someone
to carry her baby; an older woman needed help in carrying
her groceries to the apartment. Always our cell leader was
right there to offer help.
Little by little this enterprising leader became friends
with many of the people she helped in the elevator. All the
while she was secretly “planting” a home cell group
meeting in her apartment building. While she was helping
these people and making friends, she was silently praying
for them. Eventually she obtained their telephone numbers
from them, and she called them to invite them to a cell
group meeting in her apartment.”
By carrying groceries, holding doors for people to pass ,fixing faucets for their neighbors and other kind gestures, the members of Yoido full gospel church not only made acquaintances and friends but they also graciously and sincerely extended their hands beyond their comfort zones for the sake of the gospel.Their actions preached before their words.
The time is always ripe to reach out.
The perfect time may never come ,unless you create it.Be faithful ,systematic and patient with little gestures.Unless there is a clear , outstanding and valid reason not to help the first person in sight or in mind go for it.Your contribution matters and is needed.And by the way their “sinfulness” is NOT a reason to withdraw your help.
What if you have nothing to say to someone in need ? Listen.What if you have nothing to give ?Give a smile,a touch ,your presence.You can even ask for something.You may be surprised at the healing power of recognising the capacity of someone to help you.It heals the individual and yourself.
Continually Learn to make deposits in other people’s lives outside your comfort zone
Article by Shinga Mlambo