WPC Warm Up, July 27, 2015
The life of faith is simple but it is not easy by any means. In our passage for this Sunday, Luke 10:25–37, Jesus is having a conversation with a lawyer about how a person can gain eternal life. Jesus responds to the lawyer by asking a question rather that giving a direct answer, in order to get the lawyer thinking theologically. The lawyer responds with the correct answer: Love God with all that you are and love your neighbor as you love yourself. But there is an issue with who might be my neighbor (from the lawyer's point of view) because some people who are neighbors are hard to love. Those hard-to-love people are different and might worship different gods that are in conflict with my worldview! And so Jesus tells a story that he makes up in his mind to change traditional understandings, so that "good religious people are not helpful" and "bad people are the most compassionate in hard situations." As Jesus shares this little bit of life in a parable, he gets at the meaning of expensive love versus the love that is easier and costs us almost nothing. So at the end of the day, what are you going to do?
So come to the service this Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 am ready to Go and Do for the Kingdom of God.
Pastor Steve Miller