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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 8

Luke 10:33-37 (ERV) “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him.  The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’” Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.”

Proper response:  Some people get close enough to care.

I thought I was going to be a picture of this the other day:

But then, I saw that they had … on their body so I …  

But then, I realized I had helped them before and they didn’t say thank you, so I …  

But then, I realized that they would never come to our church, so I …  

And I, Dennis Cariker, missed a chance to bless Jesus!

“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42

 

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 7

Luke 10:33-37 (ERV) “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him.  The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’” Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.”

Proper response:  Some people get close enough to care.

I thought I was going to be a picture of this the other day:

But then, I realized how much it might cost me so I……….

But then, I was concerned about getting too involved so I…..

But then, I got over it….

And I, Dennis Cariker, missed a chance to bless Jesus!

“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42

 

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 6

Luke 10:33-37 (ERV) “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him.  The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’” Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.”

 

Proper response:  Some people get close enough to care.

 

I saw a picture of this the other day:

A daughter taking care of her elderly mom.

A grandmother cooking breakfast for her grandchildren then taking them to school.

Back home to get her mom up, fixing brunch for her, get her cleaned up and settled in with TV, books etc.

Back to school for grandkids, home for them, snack, settled in, back home to mom.

Fix supper, clean house, calls to encourage others, get mom ready and in bed.

Then this daughter, grandmother, picture of Jesus, starts over the next day.

 

Lord Jesus, this is Dennis. Your people who model Your grace sure are beautiful.

Thank You for showing us by Your example of what genuine faith looks like.

 

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 5

Luke 10:33-37 (ERV) “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him.  The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’” Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.”

Proper response:  Some people get close enough to care.

I saw a picture of this the other day!

A lady invited a friend to stay over a day to get away from a bad situation. One day turned into a week.

Staying over ended up being, driving her on a 180 mile trip.

A one day invite turned into being worn out physically and mentally exhausted.

The Grace of Jesus, lived out, may be messy, but it sure is pretty when modeled by a child of God.

Lord Jesus, this is Dennis, thank you for people who live their faith!

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Nothing?

Psalms 119:11 (KJV) “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

The other day my daughter was being particularly difficult. (When babies start to get mobile, they stop complying with necessary things like diaper changes—they think they can just roll over and crawl away!) Well, in my frustration with her screaming and wriggling, I shouted, “You are impossible!” And that still, small voice said to me “Nothing is impossible with God” (that’s Luke 1:37).

Now I’ll be really honest with you and say at the time I did not appreciate the Holy Spirit bringing that fact to my attention. But the last few times my darling girl has pushed me to my limits, I’ve repeated it to myself: “Nothing is impossible with God.” It reminds me to let God help me even in my little difficulties.

-Kevi

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 4

Luke 10:33-37 (ERV) “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him.  The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’” Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.”

Rick Warren writes that there are three responses to those in need. 

1) Some people keep their distance (Luke 10:30-31). This was the example the priest gave us in the story. He simply avoided the problem altogether. He didn’t even want to know what the problem was. This is what I call the lifestyle of avoidance. We tell ourselves, “Don’t get too close to people; you may have to help them. You may get your hands dirty.” That was the priest’s problem: he was too “holy” to be helpful. He didn’t want to be stained by the stuff of life. When we live a lifestyle of avoidance, we try to keep all our relationships superficial. If we can keep everyone at arm’s length, we can pretend we don’t see their pain and their needs. If we don’t get involved, we can avoid getting hurt or inconvenienced.

2) Some people are curious but uninvolved (Luke 10:32). The Levite, who was the second man to walk by the injured man, demonstrated this response. The Bible says he “went over and looked at the man” (Luke 10:32b GNT) before passing him by. In a way, this response is even worse. In the first attitude we “see” the problem from a distance and pretend it isn’t there. In this response, we acknowledge the need through our curiosity, but we don’t do anything to help. When we do this we’re simply saying, “Sorry, I can’t be bothered. I’ve got more important things to do.”

3) Some people get close enough to care (Luke 10:33-37). Of course, this is the Good Samaritan. He went above and beyond to help the injured man at his own expense. The Bible tells us, “Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action” (1 John 3:18 GNT). Mercy takes action where others take off. Mercy isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty. And Jesus calls every one of his followers to have the attitude of the Good Samaritan.

-Rick Warren (pastorrick.com)

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 3

Luke 10:29-37 (ERV) But the man wanted to show that the way he was living was right. So he said to Jesus, “But who is my neighbor?”  To answer this question, Jesus said, “A man was going down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Some robbers surrounded him, tore off his clothes, and beat him. Then they left him lying there on the ground almost dead. “It happened that a Jewish priest was going down that road. When he saw the man, he did not stop to help him. He walked away. Next, a Levite came near. He saw the hurt man, but he went around him. He would not stop to help him either. He just walked away. “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him. The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’” Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.” Jesus said, “Then you go and do the same.”

Again, Lord Jesus, this is Dennis, help me!

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work: Pt. 2

Luke 10:25-29 (ERV) Then an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. He said, “Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you understand from it?” The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ Also, ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ Jesus said, “Your answer is right. Do this and you will have eternal life.” But the man wanted to show that the way he was living was right. So he said to Jesus, “But who is my neighbor?”

Who is your neighbor?

Again, Lord Jesus, this is Dennis, help me!

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Loving People for Jesus is Messy Work!

Luke 10:33 (ERV) “Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. He saw the man and felt very sorry for him. The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man’s wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. There he cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the man who worked at the inn. He said, ‘Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.’”  Then Jesus said, “Which one of these three men do you think was really a neighbor to the man who was hurt by the robbers?” The teacher of the law answered, “The one who helped him.” Jesus said, “Then you go and do the same.”

Who is “you”?

Lord Jesus, this is Dennis, help me!

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Now What?

Acts 1:9-11 NASB And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

We host Easter lunch at our house every year for my husband’s side of the family. So the week before Easter is always busy with preparations: cleaning, planning the meal, stuffing Easter eggs. Today, I felt a little lost; with the busy holiday behind me, I had no sense of purpose for my day.

I imagine the days between Jesus’s resurrection and his ascension were a busy time for his disciples. I’m sure they wanted to spend as much time with Him as they could. I would have had a lot of questions, myself! But after He left, I wonder if they experienced that post-holiday let down…now what?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 2:19-20 NASB

-Kevi

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