Plot Twist: Week 3 - Day 2

OPENING PRAYER: 

Father, today, let our hearts be open to hear you today. May you show us through this scripture your goodness and how you lead us.

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.”

REFLECT: 

Loving God and others is life giving. Yesterday we talked about the expert in the law who had all the right answers for Jesus. What is Jesus’ response? He points out that yes, the expert is correct. This call to love is from a prayer called the Shema, which those of Jewish faith pray every day. It is from Deuteronomy 6:5, when God called his people to love him with all of their heart, soul, strength, and mind. He calls them to love him without division. Why does God do this? Why does he want us to love him with all of us? God knows that in him is life. He knows that when we love him wholeheartedly and when we love others this same way, we find life we could never imagine. This is why Jesus says so adamantly, “Do this and you will live.” He isn’t necessarily saying that if you don’t love you’ll die physically, but you will not live fully. Jesus knows how we are called to love and he wants us to find life that is truly life (John 10:10). How we do this is by loving him and loving others.

APPLY: 

Where is your loving divided? Is it your words or time? Loving wholly means giving all of ourselves in love to God.

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, you are so good. You have shown us how to love wholly by giving your only Son to die for us. May we love you and others with the same reckless kind of love.

Terry Schneider