Luke 10:38-42

Luke 10:38-42

Our responsibility, first and foremost, is to the relationship that we have with Jesus Christ.It’s one thing to know what you’re responsible to do for God. It’s another thing to do what Jesus desires for us to do for Him. You know what? It is not about living to a requirement of the law. It is not about fulfilling something that is going to impress God…

Our neighbors are whoever God brings along our path. Our neighbors are those that God puts in our heart. He asks us to be a part of their lives, pray for, encourage, and build, and sometimes these neighbors come in the form of total strangers who happen to walk into our life one day and are in need of a little assistance, or in need of someone to wrap their arms around them and pray for them. To reach into their pocket and take them out for a meal. Give them a shower. Give them a couch to lay on for a few hours to rest. These are our neighbors…

Praise God, though, I have not gotten everything I deserve. If God gave each one of us what we deserved and caused us to make our own way through what we deserve, every one of us would be sitting here hurting today… No man has the capability of ever taking advantage of God. God knows their hearts, God knows what they’re about, and God will deal with them, but they’re still our neighbor, and we have a responsibility to God to meet the need of our neighbor… Verse 37 opens a world of ministry to us. “Go and do likewise.” Go and do what? Have mercy. Mercy isn’t about whether or not someone deserves what [trouble] they’re in. Mercy is about us extending love to them regardless of what they deserve. And I’m saying, we, too, desire that mercy because we will, from time to time, need mercy extended to us…

You know what? You may be open to the Lord. You may give your life over to the Lord. You may be willing to serve the Lord. But so often we find ourselves distracted. We’re willing to serve. We’re willing to do things for God. But what is it that God desires of us?…

“Don’t You care?” What a question to ask Jesus! “Don’t You care, God?” How many times have we found ourselves in the midst of some hardship or disaster, and we look up to God and say, “God, don’t You care?…” How many times have we asked the question?… We challenge God in this way all the time. We think, somehow, our situation warrants God’s attention more than what God is already doing, more than what God desires for us, what God has allowed for us to face…

There is only one important thing in this life that we have to remember: that the relationship that we have with Jesus, the time that we can spend with Him, is the most important. There is nothing more important than you getting up each day and starting your day walking with the God Who created you, the God Who sacrificed Himself for you, our Lord and Savior Who shed His blood for us. There is nothing more important than starting your day with Him; walking through that day with Him…

How many times do we get trapped into wondering what people are thinking about us because we are living outside the social norm? When we wear a Christian t-shirt, perhaps, or we’re carrying our Bible? Do we wonder what people are thinking about us…?

Our responsibility, first and foremost, is to the relationship that we have with Jesus Christ. Die and you will be separated from God for all eternity. That, to me, is socially unacceptable. And it was so socially unacceptable that God did something about it. He made a way so we could live within His society, that we could understand His desires, that we could live the way that He desired for us to live. He made it possible. He gave His blood. He gave His flesh so that we could be socially acceptable, but socially acceptable in a kingdom that we have yet to see. That is the society that we need to be worried about, that we need to be concerned about. And guess what? You’re not going to get there by doing the socially acceptable thing here. You’re going to get there by living your life in love relationship and sitting at the feet of Jesus. By knowing Him, receiving Him, and being a part of Who He is, and then doing what He’s doing.

Dave Elkins

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