Monday, 20 July 2009
This past weekend my pastor talked about the Good Samaritan story. While this story is known by most people and is taught on constantly, the points raised in this sermon were concentrating on more than just the story. My church is focusing this month on community outreach and how to ministry to those around us. This is something that has started to grow on my heart. I have spent the last almost two years living on my college campus and recently moved home. I’ll be honest -- when I was there I was very much living in my bubble.
One part of the Good Samaritan story that stuck out to me this time was the question raised by the expert of the law. He asked Jesus, “and who is my neighbor?” It seems like such a simple question with an obvious answer. The neighbors are the people you live around. It’s the fellow man. Jesus answered it by telling the story to illustrate you are a neighbor when you care for others and display mercy.
I have to chastise myself for my lack of “neighbor attitude” recently. I can get trapped in the thinking pattern of my neighbor as being who I live next to, but it extends beyond that. The sermon served as a wake up call or a slap for me to snap out of my old thinking. This was furthered today when I read a post about loving outside of our comfort zones. I am going to be working on this issue in my life. I want to regain my “neighbor attitude” and be able to see how I can meet the needs of others around me.
How do you view this concept of having a “neighbor attitude?”