Daily D – Luke 10:37
Luke 10:37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (NLT)
The lawyer in this story — a precise, focused, seeker of Jesus — asked two questions.
- “What, should I do to inherit eternal life?” (Verse 25)
- “Who is my neighbor?” (Verse 29)
He asked a Do question. Jesus gave him a Do answer: Love God with your mind, will, emotions, and physical capacities. Love your neighbor as yourself.
He asked a Who question. Jesus answered with a story: Whoever you can help, whenever you can help them.
The lawyer was looking for the limits, the bare minimums. Jesus expressed the extravagant heart of God.
Love, if it is real love, amplifies and accelerates, reaches and includes, breaks down barriers and refuses to be contained.
The lawyer wanted a baseline, a marker of performance indicating he had made it into God’s kingdom.
Jesus wanted him to know baselines are starting lines, not finishing lines. The only finish line is when we arrive in the place of perfect peace and rest.
When Jesus said, ”Yes, now go and do the same” (verse 37), the command is immediate and enduring. In other words, do it now, and do it always.
What we do and why we do it are to be so wrapped in God’s love that we stop worrying about the expense of the effort. We begin looking beyond the need to the restored person. We stop wondering, “Have I done enough?” We begin thinking, “Who needs the help I can provide?”
It would be good to have a lawyer with a heart like Jesus. Feel free to substitute “lawyer” with your profession. What Samaritans are lying on the road where you live, work, and play? What would Jesus do for them? How can you express God’s unquenchable love? How can you demonstrate his unending mercy?
I will live and love like Jesus.
Our Father, empower me to see others as you see them. Empower me to love them as they need to be loved. Empower me to serve them in whatever manner they need to be served. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.