|Job Responsibility– by Charles Osgood
25 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”
26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
28 “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”
29 Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”
30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.
33-35 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’
36 “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
37 “The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.” – Luke 10:25-37 (The Message)
Why do we do this? Is it selfishness, a lack and disregard for others or does it just come down to good ol’ pride. We always assume that the details and responsibilities in life should be carried out by others. We think our time is much too valuable and need to horde it away for our own affairs. When we can look upon others and yearn to fill their needs and to bring them joy and a smile to their faces. To ease the pain this world is constantly handing us.
How many real selfless individuals are out there? The Mother Teresa’s of life. You know the ones that are truly living John. 15:13
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
What’s even sadder is I believe a good portion of us our completely unaware of even reacting this way! I for one catch myself doing this ALL THE TIME. I pray and have to make a CONSCIENCE effort to put my own wants and needs aside and focus on the betterment of my fellow man. This is not the natural way of man. We are inherently selfish, thinking of our own person goals, desires and self-preservation. We sometimes even disguise our “good deeds” when in reality we are truly want deep down, and even purposefully, accolades of our dogoodedness. Like I said I do it and many others I’m sure as well.
A church has this as there model for everything they do
“Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.” – MICAH 6.8
Just how beautiful is that! More importantly it is reiterated every single week as a constant reminder of what the “Church”, meaning the entire body of believers in Christ, are to do in this world. That means even before our feet hit the floor in the morning!
God is beautiful and He is love. His love extends to us in the nature and beauty of His Son who gave the ultimate gift of His very life. He has paved the way and provided a model of being kind and selfless to each other. As His children He desires for each of us to help one another. I truly believe that is one of the reasons He doesn’t just swoop down to mend and fix all of our problems. We are more than capable to fix each other’s problems and when we are not our Abba is there.
His yoke is light, and His spirit is forever available to us to be true men and women of God. So let’s all step up and say I CAN DO IT.
Be Forever Blessed,