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Just Enough

July 17, 2013

I don’t know if anyone else is like this but there are a lot of times in my life I do just enough. I have a minimum to accomplish and the thought never crosses my mind to go above and beyond that. But this makes me feel like the lawyer who asked Jesus, “who is my neighbor?”He was just trying to get away with doing as little as possible. Helping as few people as possible. You can almost feel him hoping Jesus “just the people beside you house, duh!” But just like always He had a much bigger view.

After the lawyer asks this question Jesus begins telling the parable of the Good Samaritan. This story if you’ve never heard it tells about a man who is hurt badly and laying on the street. He lays there and watches 2 religious men walk by him without even a glance but a Samaritan (Google it) stopped and took care of the stranger.

Jesus tells this story to let the lawyer know this. It’s not about who your neighbor is, but who can be your neighbor. We try and just find a single group God has called us to reach out to. We try and do just enough but Jesus commands that we find as many people as we can to help. Is the person at the end of your road that’s moving a neighbor? Yes. Is the person broken down on the side of the road a neighbor? Yes. Is the hungry family on the other side of the world a neighbor? Yes. Lets spend today finding a new neighbor.

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