The Servanthood of Christ – The Builder of an Army of True Neighbors - Friday, March 20th

The Servanthood of Christ – The Builder of an Army of True Neighbors - Friday, March 20th

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:36-37

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the LORD endures forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:22-25

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

We concluded Monday’s devotional with the following prayer response: Lord, thank you for surrendering to your Father’s will and sacrificing yourself on the cross for me. Thank you for redeeming me from sin and self. Thank you for teaching me the truth that through the forgiveness of sins you have come to live in me through the Holy spirit so that I might embrace and live out a life of servanthood through your empowering presence. I give you the center place in my life so that as your servant I can lovingly live my life in the service of others. Amen! The title of this week’s Devotionals is “The Servanthood of Christ” which was selected to remind us of his servanthood when he was here on earth and our servanthood which he came to make possible. Monday’s prayer response puts this together in a way that helps us readily see how it is that a person can fulfill Jesus’ instruction in today’s passage, “Go and do the same.”

Truly we are called to love God and our neighbor consistently and thoroughly throughout our lifetime. Through the story of the “Good Samaritan” Jesus helps us see that who he is and what he has to offer will bring a way of living and relating that is like the Samaritan and not like those who just adhere to living within their own little religious system like the lawyer who came before Jesus to test him. It is only by God’s mercy that we are saved and it is only by His mercy that we surrender. Through surrender God is able to take up His rightful place at the center of our lives and there He fills us up with His love which transforms us and then overflows into the lives of those around us. Since this is all God’s doing, it is only by His mercy that it happens. And if it is only by His mercy that it happens then there is no room for boasting. And if there is no room for boasting there is no room for anything but genuine love, acceptance and service of others. This is what proving to be a “neighbor” is all about!

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I see the kind of difference you came to make and long to make in our lives today. I come before you in a spirit of worship and surrender and ask you to actually make this kind of difference in my life. I ask the same for your people everywhere. I am so sorry for the little religious systems we get caught up in that cause us to circumvent you and look down our noses at others. I choose to live fully by loving you with all my heart and my neighbor likewise through the power of your indwelling presence. Amen!

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