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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Good Samaritan

Have you ever looked the other way when you see someone standing on the street corner holding a sign that said something like "homeless, hungry, please help" (usually misspelled)? Do you think its because you are afraid to talk to the person, or will it make you late and throw your whole day off if you even take just a few minutes to give the person a few buck to get a meal? Or maybe you are afraid you just think that the person will just take your money and head to the beer store or the back alley to buy a hit of cocaine and you don't want to waste your money on taking that kind of chance. I have to say that I have thought all of these things, but why? Its not even my money is Gods money. He is the One who lets me have money to spend in the first place. Granted he give some people lots more money than He gives me, and we can sometimes we run out of money before the month is over, but after reading the following verses, I just have to say that maybe this should be a Cheese-it year for me. I think I may go out and buy a couple of boxes of cheese-its to keep with me in the car so the next time some guy comes up to me at Wal-mart and asks me for some food I can give him a box of cheese-its and say sir I don't have much myself, but its Gods money and I will share this box with you so why don't you say a prayer and thank God for giving it to you. Its just an easy way to show Gods love. Don't you think?

This story is about showing love to you neighbor, Who is your neighbor?.... Jesus is talking to a group of people some were his disciples some were not. They are being told story's form Jesus and one of the men in the group, an expert in law, wanted to know how to inherit eternal life....
Read Luke 10:25-37. Here is how the story goes.

A man who we don't really know he was, was traveling down from Jerusalem to Jericho. The distance was 17 miles and it was down a mountain 2500 feet above sea level to 800 feet above sea level. It was rocky, desert country and provided a great place for robbers to hide and attack you. The road had become such a bad place to travel that it was nicknamed The Way of Blood.
As if that's not bad enough you have to keep in mind that the Jews and the Samaritans did not like each other at all, Jews viewed Samaritans as half breeds both physically and spiritually . They wanted nothing to do with them because they were "enemies of God" The two were openly hostile.( Samaritans were a mix of Jew and Gentile) Anyways, so he is on his way down and was robbed, stripped and beaten half to death.
Luke 10:30 In reply Jesus said "A man was going down form Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead."
So the first person who comes across the man is a priest. One of the most prominent members of society. Priests were dictators between sinful Jews and God. Being a priest carried a lot of rules. Priest had to go through a pretty long process to be pure and holy enough to approach God. If a priest came into contact with an unclean or dead person they would have to become ceremonial pure again and it took a lot of time. So when the God put the man in the path of the priest the priest faced the decision of helping the man and being thrown off his schedule sense he would have to go through all the long embarrassing rituals of being made pure again, or he could pass on the other side of the road, stay clean, on schedule and accomplish all that he needed to do that day.... we all know what he chose to do...
Luke 10:31 By chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

The man that was dieing on the side of the road was passed up by the priest but now he had another chance to live. That's when the Levite came upon him. What is a Levite? God had appointed the Levite to serve in the Temple. They lead music and serve as doorkeepers and organize sacrifices. Another prominent person. They also had to be ceremonially clean like the priest. If a Levite came into contact with a dead or unclean person he too would become unclean and would not be able to serve in the Temple for a time, so he chose to pass by going on down. Did you notice that the man, priest, and Levite were all traveling down the road? This mean that they were on their way to Jericho, which means that both the priest and Levite were heading away form the Temple, they weren't even going to be serving there for a while anyway, so why did they not stop and help? Good question. They must have been lazy. They sure didn't put others first. They could of helped and still had time to become unclean by the time they went back up to Jerusalem. hmmm. Makes you think.
Luke 10:32 A Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him , passed by on the other side.

Oh but don't give up hope poor little dieing man. The Samaritan was on his way. You know, the man that was the most disrespected class of people. When the Samaritan came across the man he showed him love. He used his own wine and oil to treat the wounds that the man had and let him ride on his donkey which meant that he would have to walk the rest of the way. Then he took him to an inn, took care of the man the whole night, and left the inn keeper 2 days worth of his pay to look after the man. He told the inn keeper to let him know if he owed anything else and upon his return he would reimburse any extra money that was needed. That's putting your self last. That's loving you neighbor.
Luke 10:33-37
"Go and do likewise."

My prayer: Lord, please help me to see the people you put in front of me. Give me the resources I need to be able to help them and give me a heart like the one of the Samaritan. I want to serve you by serving others.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Get Down and Dirty

I'm reading a book right now that's called Be Last. It is written by Jeremy Kingsley. I'm sure that the next few blogs will be dealing a lot on the subject of being humble. I have been feeling a lot of conviction while reading this book. This blog is going to be about the day Jesus got down and dirty. The story takes place in John 13:1-17

The story takes place just before the Passover Feast. Jesus already knew that the time had come for him to return to God. He had already knew who would betray him. Before the meal you would be clean from taking a bath before going to the meal, the only thing that would not be clean would be you feet from walking to get to the meal. Usually a servant would wash your feet for you as you came in to the meal, but at this feast there were no servants. So Jesus go up from his spot at the table, took off his shirt and wrapped a towel around his waist. The them filled a basin with water and got down and cleaned his disciples' feet. Only one disciple, Simon Peter, said anything to Jesus about it. You see, it was not the job to have, being a foot washer. It was the job that the servants of the servants had to do. You didn't want to be the one stuck with that job. Yet, here is the One. The son of God, getting down and dirty. He does this to make a point, and even tells them to do the same thing for one another. Well and guess what that last verse, John 13:17, ( promise I didn't plan this ) it says this " Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." WOW!

So tonight I'm listening to some of the thing the youth group is saying about HAVING to come to church. What if someone made me mad, what if I want to sleep in, what if I don't like the music...I'm just saying, if our Savior who gave up everything to come here, be born in a smelly, dirty barn, live among sinful people who talked bad about him all the time, and then be hung on a cross and die for our sin, not his sins, our sins; if He can get down and dirty with the dirtiest jobs for us why cant we do it for one another? Well we can if we stop putting us first. We need to put Jesus first and we need to have a heart for others like He does.

My prayer: Lord, I just come to you tonight to ask you to give me a heart like yours. I want to serve you by putting others before me. Even if it isn't fun. Even if it is embarrassing and the last thing I want to be doing. I don't really like to get down and dirty but if that's what you say to do I want to do it. Help me not to worry about what other people may say about me. Please, Holy Spirit speak louder than everyone else so I can only hear your voice above all. Thank you for all my christian friends. Amen.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 3, 2010

This is the first blog about this years walk that I will take with our gracious God. I have been thinking about doing a blog about something that is fun and important for a while now. I just didn't know what I wanted to blog about. Sure I have a blog about my family and what everyone is doing along with some of my favorite pictures, but really who am I helping? I want to grow in my walk with God and I need some accountability just like when I joined weight watchers last year and lost my goal weight and kept it off. If it had not been for the other people who have pushed me along the way I may never have made it through. This will give me a way to be accountable and to be able to see my goals and meet my goals. First of all the most important thing will be my walk with God. I also have been hurting to see my babies grow to know God but I have not done all that I need to be doing to teach them about how they too can have a fulfilling relationship with God as well.

This is where I start. The reason I decided to call my blog " Now that you know these things do them" is because I believe that once we hear and learn what God is saying to us we need to obey. My husband and I used to go to a marriage class at the church we were members at in our old town. After every lesson Dianna, one of the leaders would always say "now that you know these things do them" and that always stuck with me. It held me accountable. It has now been 3 years sense we moved and I am ready for the accountable part again so I have decided this is how I need to do it.

I only decided to do this this morning, so I wasn't too sure where to start so I decided to start with the scripture itself...

John 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

My prayer today... Holy Spirit, please speak to my heart through the days, months, and years to come. Help me to further your kingdom by using this blog as a tool to reach others. Help me become more like you everyday. Thank you for the trials that lie before me. Please use them to teach me. Please give me the knowledge and understanding that I will need. Thank You for sending your son to die for our sins so that we will have everlasting life with you. Amen.