Luke 10:25-29

An expert in Torah stood up to try and trap him by asking, “Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?” 26 But Yeshua said to him, “What is written in the Torah? How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 “That’s the right answer,” Yeshua said. “Do this, and you will have life.”
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Yeshua, “And who is my ‘neighbor’?”

     Right after this question, Jesus launches directly into the parable of the Good Samaritan. 
     The expert in the Torah and Christ agree on the answer to his question. The questioner wants to justify himself, however, so he asks Christ, “who is my neighbor?” This so that he could know exactly whom his neighbors were, and presumably ignore the rest of the people.
    “Not so fast,” Christ says.  “Your neighbor is the one that you see in need.” Our natural inclination is to avoid people in need, the disabled, the strange, the homeless, the dangerous.  Christ calls us to go to these people, not away from them.  I heard John Piper once say, that this was not a natural reaction, the natural reaction is to go away from people that make us uncomfortable or that we do not understand, however, as Christians we do not act naturally, we overcome our natural apprehension and go towards these people and engage with them.
     On cyber paper it looks so easy, but I’ve had many failures in this area in my life. By God’s grace, in the future I will have less.
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