Daily Devotional

July 28, 2020

Read Luke 10:25-29 NIV

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  

“What is written in the Law?”he replied. “How do you read it?”

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.’”

 “You have answered correctly,”Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

I was a big fan of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood  as a child. I always sang along with Mr Rogers as he began his day in the neighborhood. It is one of the most memorable aspects of the show for me. Everyone was a neighbor in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. It didn’t matter who you were or even where you were from, everyone was welcome. Not only were they welcome to be a neighbor – they were wanted. One of the lines from the song says, I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.  Mr. Rogers always gave you the impression that he was looking forward to seeing you as his neighbor.

What a great concept to teach to kids…all are welcome and wanted.  It’s not a bad idea to remind adults of either. Today’s passage is the beginning of a story Jesus tells to illustrate that very point. Jesus makes it clear that we are to see everyone as our neighbor despite our differences, but He goes on to show us how to be a good neighbor.  The expert in the law was looking for an easy way out; something to check off his to do list.  But loving your neighbor takes work. It takes effort. It requires an extraordinary outpouring of love on our part for the benefit of someone else.

Take a look around you. Are you really seeing your “neighbors?” Do they know they are welcome and wanted by your actions and words? Maybe upon closer inspection you haven’t been the greatest “neighbor.” But wouldn’t today be a great day to start being the neighbor and the person God has created you to be?

 So let’s make the most of this beautiful day

Since we’re together, we might as well say

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Won’t you be my neighbor?

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