8/23/2017 4:53:19 PM
Mapping the Opportunities
Posted under: general
One day an authority on the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?”
He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live.”
But the man wanted to make himself look good. So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Robbers attacked him. They stripped off his clothes and beat him. Then they went away, leaving him almost dead. A priest happened to be going down that same road. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. A Levite also came by. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side too. But a Samaritan came to the place where the man was. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. He went to him, poured olive oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey. He brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins. He gave them to the owner of the inn. ‘Take care of him,’ he said. ‘When I return, I will pay you back for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?”
The authority on the law replied, “The one who felt sorry for him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do as he did.”
I'm directionally challenged. Don't believe me - ask Sam, she will concur. So consequently I'm always in need a of a map, which is conviently located on my phone. In the rare cases when I don't have my phone however an old school paper map must be used.
Maps can tell you so much - directions to place, the type of terrain one is traveling on, even points of interest along the way. Have you ever looked and a map and wondered: who lives here? Or what a certain place is like?
On Sunday you will find a large map in our foyer at church. This map has many points. Each point is where someone from our congregation lives. Now the main idea of this map wasn't to see where everyone lived, but to see opportunity.
We collectively represent all parts of Lethbridge and beyond. And we all for the most part part have neighbours. These neighbours we have I know don't all go to our church and in some cases may not even know Jesus. That's where oppurtunity comes in. We have the opportunity to invite our neighbours to church!
Now don't get me wrong, it's scary. Neighbours can sometimes come with baggage. Or what if they don't think our church is cool. But that doesn't matter!
Like in the parable in Luke its not about who we are or who our neighbours are but its all about sharing the gospel message of Christ, giving those people a gospel encounter.
So check out the map on Sunday and see the opportunity!
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