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Friday, January 22, 2010

Who Am I

Week Four's readings are listed at the end of this post.

Job 12:1 thru 14:22

I pray you are hanging in there with me. We have a few more days of the bantering back in forth with Job and his friends who mean well.  So keep going my friends, we are going to come out on the other side, and so is Job.

Whereas I had tons of nuggets from yesterday that leaped off the pages, today I had to dig for them.

But there was one verse that really made me cringe when I read it and that was Job 12:5...

People who are at ease mock those in trouble. They give a push to people who are stumbling.

My heart ached at the thought of this and I wrote in my Bible, Please don’t let that ever be said of me.

We are in a series at Christ Central Alachua called Quest and each Sunday my husband is taking our vision, Love God, Love People and Serve Others, and teaching what each of these mean and how we here at CCA are going to flesh it out.

Last week was Love People and Mark shared the story of the Good Samaritan which most people in the church world are very familiar with.

A lawyer is questioning Jesus as to how to enter heaven. Jesus answers, You know the law, what you do think? The lawyer responds, You have to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus tells him he has answered correctly.

Just so the lawyer is clear as to who he has to love and who he does not have to love he asks Jesus, Well, who is my neighbor then?

Jesus shares the story of a Jew who was beaten, robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. A Levite passes him by, a Priest passes him by, but the least likely of persons is the one who stops, a Samaritan.

This is shocking to everyone listening because the Jews hated the Samaritans and the Samaritans hated the Jews. And yet it is the Samaritan who helps save the life of this person who hates him so vehemently.

So Jesus turns it on the lawyer and asks him not who was neighbor of the man beaten up on the side of the road. But asks him, Which of the three men passing by are YOU?

What matters is not who they are but who we are and when our hearts are right, we will see everyone as our neighbor.

But there is a fourth character in the story; the man beaten and left for dead on the side of the road.  And that is who we all were before we were ever someone’s neighbor or friend.

Therefore when we see someone in need we should be compelled by compassion to help them, not hurt them; to pray for them, not push them when they are already on their way down.

We must never forget where we came from or should I say, where God brought us from.

I love what Jude says, And some have compassion, making a difference.

So, today a good question for us to ask ourselves is not, Who is my neighbor?  But rather, Who am I? 

May I never forget that you were my Good Samaritan.  You were the one who reached down to me.  Fill me with compassion so that I may reach to others and make a difference in their life today.

Week Four Readings
January 23
Job 15:1 thru 18:21
January 24
Job 19:1 thru 21:34
January 25
Job 22:1 thru 25:6
January 26
Job 26:1 thru 29:25
January 27
Job 30:1 thru 31:40
January 28
Job 32:1 thru 34:37
January 29
Job 35:1 thru 37:24

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