Sunday, April 21, 2013

Who is My Neighbor?

The following thoughts/quotes are taken from the sermon we heard at Calvary Church this morning. Our guest speaker, Steve Moore from Missio Nexus, challenged us to think about what we call the story of the Good Samaritan, from Luke 10.

"It's a small world after all, and it's getting smaller faster."

"As the world gets smaller, the neighborhood gets bigger and loving your neighbor gets harder." 

"Information is the gateway to responsibility...Seeing leads to compassion, which leads to action."

 1. How you respond to the needs of others is determined by whom you love the most. If you want to become more compassionate to others, become more intimate with God.

 2. Find your passion and you will find your neighbor. What kingdom resources (gifts, talents, etc.) are inside of me? Use them to bless other people. 

3. Do for a few what you wish you could do for many.

These thoughts were helpful to me as I prepare to leave for Mozambique later this week. Poverty and suffering are rampant there, and I cannot meet the needs of everyone. But I will have the opportunity to touch a few lives, and I pray God will help me do that well. When I come home, I hope and pray these thoughts will impact my life here in the USA, and will give me insight in how to live my life here.