“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
–Luke 10:36-37 NIV
Jesus had just told a man the parable of the Good Samaritan. (Click the link above to read the whole exchange.) The question was asked “Who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus told the parable. The point of the parable is that neighbors are not a pre-determined group of people. In fact, Jesus turns the table on this man. The man asked, “Who is my neighbor?” and after telling the parable, Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man…?” So, the question isn’t “Who is my neighbor?” The question is, “To whom will you BE a neighbor?” We make ourselves neighbors to others when we have mercy on them, help them, and meet their needs. Jesus came and gave His life for people who were not very neighborly toward Him. As result we have forgiveness and eternal life. We reflect Christ’s mercy and love by making others our neighbors through acts of kindness, compassion, and service. We love because He first loved us. Make someone your neighbor today!