Who Is My Neighbor?
Luke 10:25-37 NIV
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” (26) Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” (27) The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (28) “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” (29) The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (30) Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. (31) “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. (32) A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. (33) “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. (34) Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. (35) The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here. (36) “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. (37) The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
The 7 gifts needed to pull off this care plan?
1.Compassion - mercy
2.First aid - medical care skills
3.Lifted onto donkey - strength and stamina (No fear of dirt and blood)
4.Take him for a donkey ride - transportation
5.Find an inn - accomodation
6.Finance for medicine, food, bed etc
7.Home visit for aftercare
+overall planning, co-ordination and leadership.
The 7 Gifts of (Romans 12:5-8)
Romans 12:5-8 NIV
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (6) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; (7) if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; (8) if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
We need more than just me. Be part of something bigger than yourself.
We need to be a part of a great team (The local church)
We need to participate with our gifts in the team
We will see miracles in the process - both here and in heaven.
*Be See a great miracle far greater than my little part.
Who is the Samaritan?
-Surely it is Jesus
-Surely it is me sometimes
-Surely it is all the house of God, all of the time
“We cannot do everything, but we must do something’.