Some volunteer for a few hours at the local food bank, where they see lots of needs. In fact, Jesus answers this question in Luke 10. After all, it is part of the call given to us in the second greatest commandment to “Love thy neighbor.” The problem lies not in the question, but in our reason for asking. He wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?" But now he had one more question for Jesus: “Who is my neighbor?”. I don't want this devotion to be about COVID-19. He doesn't start a relief agency to help all mugging victims. Jesus simply tells us to ‘love God, and love our neighbors.’ (ESV) As the tour bus wound through the Galilean countryside into the Golan Heights, our guide pointed out the bright yellow signs posted on wire fences along the road: Danger! Pretty simple question. He wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?" Both Old Testament and New Testament verses instruct us, most widely known within the parable of … He knew the scriptures said to love God with all his heart, soul, strength and mind; and also love his neighbour as himself. 30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. Remind me that the smallest deed done in your name is better than the best of intentions. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" November 9, 2020 – Daily Devotional “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” –Luke 10:36-37. Today Daily Devotional is brought to you by: 1700 28th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI 49508, 3475 MainwayPO Box 5070, STN LCD 1Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8, Phone: 616.942.9383 Two travelers—a priest and a Levite—do not have the time or the inclination to help the beaten man, so they pass by. Devotion topics: Christianity, 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In Luke 10, Jesus responds to the lawyer who asked, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life,” with a question of His own: “What is written in the law? He knew the scriptures said to love God with all his heart, soul, strength and mind; and also love his neighbour as himself. The story of the Good Samaritan is … Laurie. So we need simply to take the next step. "Do this and you will live." — Luke 10:29. Devotion topics: Life, All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Becoming a neighbor means identifying with the concerns, struggles, and needs of people around you. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. "Do this and you will live." This is important to emphasize since Christian parenting doesn’t stop at the church door or with family devotionals. Yesterday we saw that Christians need to get close enough to see the needs around them and to respond. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.” Notice: there is no qualification to only love people who believe like you, live like you, attend the same school as you, work in the same field as you, etc. According to Christ's story of the Good Samaritan, all those are our neighbors who are in need of our help. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. Reinforce to your kids that your neighbor can be anyone around you who needs help, needs a friend, or needs you to pray for them. "How do you read it?" The impressive thing about the Samaritan was that the Jews despised his people and treated them with contempt. An expert in the law wanted to cover every detail to justify himself. If you have already liked my page and enjoy reading these daily devotionals, you are already entered. Today Daily Devotional is brought to you by: 1700 28th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI 49508, 3475 MainwayPO Box 5070, STN LCD 1Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8, Phone: 616.942.9383 He even refers to himself as “the disciple whom … For many of us, though, that's a big step. Service, See God's love and power, his presence and purpose in your life everyday, John 18:28-36 28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. Pastor and writer John Ortberg states one of the strongest features of the story of the good Samaritan is in what the Samaritan doesn't do. Most people don't know the names of all who live in their immediate neighborhood. Luke 10:27. Who is my neighbor? Canada Toll-Free: 800.263.4251, © 1950–2020 ReFrame Media. Luke 10:29 (NKJV): "But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "and who is my neighbor?"" 26"What is written in the Law?" Some tutor children. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. The “neighbor,” it would appear, is the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho who was beaten and left for dead (Luke 10:30). / Privacy Policy Being the Church, Redefining “King”, John 18:36-38 Matthew 5:43-44 – You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." Love, He doesn't lobby the county to make the road safer. The Bible tells us often who our neighbor is and how we should treat them. 27He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" The legal expert got the point. How can we thank you? Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" The good Samaritan doesn't do everything; he just does what he can. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, whom most Jewish people would avoid (John 4:9), stops to help without questions or conditions. Discipleship, Canada Toll-Free: 800.263.4251, © 1950–2020 ReFrame Media. —, "He ... bandaged his wounds ... took him to an inn and took care of him." He knew he had to love God first and to love his neighbor as himself. Coming Soon: The Return of the King. Jesus uses great restraint in telling this story. You have provided all we need. Redefining Kingship: Not So with You, Revelation 21:1-7 He doesn't even cancel his business trip. Amen. Many faithful followers of Jesus are doing that every day in many communities.