Neighbour is one in need


Luke : 10

He asked Jesus, ” Who is my neighbour? (v29)

❇️ In this parable Lord clearly told the expert in the law who asked the above question that neighbour is one in need. Our concern about our bread or our health is our physical concern whereas our concern about our neighbour’s bread or his health is our spiritual concern.

There are four types of people in this parable.

  1. Robbers
  2. Levite & Priest
  3. Innkeeper
  4. Samaritan.

❇️ Robbers created the problem. Those who create problem for others have a tendency to covet what is others’ like position, power and possession. They have an attitude of grabbing. They gain things at others cost.

❇️ Priest & Levite ignored the problem. They have an indifferent attitude. They are satisfied with what they have and not interested in solving others’ problem.They are mere spectators and are status quoists. They don’t take risk to help others.

❇️ Innkeeper addresses the problem unlike the Priest & Levite but addresses it professionally. He has an attitude of service at a cost.Some people are ready to serve only if they are paid.

❇️ Samaritan addressed the problem with compassion. He has an attitude of compassion. Some people are ready to serve others without counting the cost. He risked his life to save the injured Samaritan.

❇️ Through this parable Jesus Christ establishes compassion & not counting the cost as the basis for addressing the problems of neighbours in need.

✅ Insights learnt:

▪️Our neighbour is one in need
▪️Our neighbour’s bread and health are our spiritual concern
▪️Compassion & not counting the cost are the basis for solving our neighbour’s problems.

Dr.E.Christadoss
Vellore 🙏🏽

(Inputs of Rev. Dr.Spurgen is acknowledged)

Martha Luke 10:38_42
Mary …who sat at the lord’s feet listening to what He said….Mary has chosen what is better

Lord tells us the most important thing in life is to listen to Him and do what He tells us to do!. We see Martha serving the lord but Mary is attentively listening to Him.

Jesus rebuked Martha but told her what Mary was doing was the one thing needful. We are called not to do something for God but to do the will of God.

The most important thing about a servant (we) is that We do what Our master tells us to do

Cynthia Sathiaraj
Chennai

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