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But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
One of the highly educated teachers of the law appealed to Jesus one day and asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, of course, answered him by asking a question. “What does the Bible say?” The man then quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5 and said, “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.’” Jesus said, “That’s correct and if you do these things you will live!” But somehow, “He Knew,” that wasn’t all. The scripture says he wanted to justify himself! So he asked, “Who is my neighbor.”
When you decide that following Jesus is about checking off a list as to the things you have to do today to follow him, “You Know,” the list is unending. Jesus can even tell you the story of “The Good Samaritan,” and you’ll still want to know if you measure up. There is NO MEASURING UP TO JESUS! The only way you can follow him is to accept him in faith and know that it is his grace alone that holds you up. Sometimes we feel conflicted in our Christian walk because scripture at times appears to contradict itself. Take, for instance, the line from Hebrews, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6a) But then the scripture also says, “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26b). Both are true, and one doesn’t negate the other. But, the teacher of the law, In this case, “He Knew,” that all of his works were not enough. Today we must follow the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength: and our neighbor as ourselves, and when we do that, we will do the works of “The Good Samaritan” when faced with the choice.
I know this AM that there is no measuring up to you. There is no way that I am able to do a daily list in order to follow you. However, I know that as I seek to follow you wholeheartedly, you will once again today lead me in your way of righteousness. Amen