Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 10:36-37

“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!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 28, 2016 – Luke 14:11

Be Humble (2)Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 28, 2016 – Luke 14:11

Christians are to be recognized by their humility.  Consider Jesus, the Son of God, almighty in power, who allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified.  He could have annihilated his enemies, instead He humbled Himself, earned our salvation, and set an example for us.  You can be humble, or you can be humbled. Learn more about Luke 14:11 NIV this Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 14:11

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

-Luke 14:11 NIV

Another way of saying that might be, “It’s hard to put your foot in a closed mouth.”  I’ve concluded that compliments always sound better coming from someone else.  Jesus is saying that If we assume a certain status for ourselves, we put ourselves in danger of being humbled.  If we start from a position of humility, we leave open the possibility of being lifted up.  An upgrade is always better than a downgrade.  In real life that means we acknowledge that we are dust, and one day we will return to it.  We acknowledge that whatever gifts, talents, and abilities we possess have been given to us by God.  If we trust in our own ability, we will be limited in what we can achieve. If we trust in God, there is no limit.  “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13 NIV  Consider the humility of Jesus.  God became human.  That’s humility.  Jesus suffered torture and death.  That’s humiliating.  Did it ruin Jesus?  To the contrary, as a result of His humility and further humiliation He rose from the dead and earned forgiveness and eternal life for YOU through faith in Him.  If there are any benefits from arrogance and pride, they end with your last breath.  Humility and confidence in Christ bring benefits that last forever.  Let’s not be short-sighted.  Let God have your life.  He can do more with it than you can.