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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Three Opportunities for Christ"

Date published: 03/15/2019

Luke 10:30-36 “In reply Jesus said, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers.  They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two silver coins 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.”  Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’”

 

   The story of the Good Samaritan is a story that most Christians experience each day.  We read this dramatic story failing to realize that wounded travelers in our own setting exist all around us: people hurting emotionally, the physically and sexually abused, the taken advantage of, the attacked and lonely, the depressed, those mourning, those in despair. . .  We see not, because we look not.  Do you pause to look into people’s eyes, see the expressions on their faces, notice their countenances, hear the inflexion of their voices, hear their spoken words, feel their emotions?  Some peoples’ plights will be screaming at you, while others will be like whispers.  Some will only be visible to you by God’s revelation.  Will you hear, see, and experience their situations?  Will you leave time so you can take time?  Will you slow down and hear from God?  Christians should navigate life with three purposes: to share the gospel for salvation; to be open to opportunities to disciple Christians to become fully devoted followers of Christ; and to minister to others’ needs. 

 

   Jesus asked a single question, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?”  In John 13:34 Jesus gave a simple measuring stick for answering this question, “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  How do we make this happen?  Pray into each day for opportunities to witness, disciple, and minister to those in need.  Continue to pray throughout the day.  Leave time in all you do, so that you have time to do.  Ask for discernment in what is happening, so that you can respond appropriately.  Record your engagements for accountability until this becomes a life pattern.  This lifestyle is so abnormal to us that without accountability it will quickly fade out of mind and out of life.  Christ died that we just not know Him, but that that we become vessels of His love.

 

John 15:12-13 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience:  “God’s Purpose For You” and “Discipleship.”


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