Who’s My Neighbor?
Many times people have asked me why I do some of the things I do for people who haven’t / wouldn’t do anything for me, or worse, have caused me harm.
Luke 14:12-24 says:
Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
And then there’s the story of the Good Samaritan… A man who was down on his luck was left for dead on the side of the road. Two like-minded people came upon him and passed right by. However, a man who was a known “enemy” of the injured man’s people group saw him and cared for his immediate needs. BUT, the story doesn’t end there… That man went above and beyond to make sure the injured man was cared for -even after his departure… That’s love.
We get to choose… Do we only celebrate with those who can do for us what we can do for them? Do we see others in need and pass on by, thinking, “well, there’s not much I can do anyway…”? Or do we do what we can to be a blessing to others despite status and/or differences?