Plot Twist: Week 3 - Day 1
Father, today, let our hearts be open to hear what you have to say to us. Thank you for all the blessings and opportunities we have in front of us today.
READ: Luke 10:25-37 , NIV
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
In our scripture this week, we’re going over the well-known story of the Good Samaritan. This is a story that many people have known since the Sunday school flannel-graphs along with Jonah and the whale. Even though you may have heard this story before, lean into what God wants to say to you. There is a reason we look to this parable so often for its message. Today we notice in the passage the expert in the law. This man had spent countless hours pouring over scripture and learning it perfectly. He was an expert in every sense; except he had no clue about what loving your neighbor really looks like, according to Jesus. Sometimes we have all the “head” knowledge. We know exactly what we’re supposed to do because we’ve been told it our whole lives. We don’t struggle with the knowing but with the doing. There is a verse in James which explains this struggle perfectly. James 1:22-24 says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” Wow. That’s a pretty convicting punch. We can know the right things. We can spend hours reading scripture, going to Bible studies, and listening to sermons. The thing that really matters is the doing, the action. Jesus doesn’t just want us to know we need to love him and our neighbors, he wants us to do it.
How will you show your knowledge as an action today? How will you love today?
God, you are so good to us. Your son shows us through his sacrifice just how unfathomable your love for us is. We pray that your love would truly change us from the inside out. We pray that we would know and rely on your love. Lastly, we pray that you would give us the strength to live this love out.