Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’
But wanting to justify himself, the lawyer asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ – Luke 10: 25-29
This is the pointed question that a lawyer poses right before Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is also a critical question for FAPC’s Strategic Planning Task Force.
Who are the people that we have an ethical obligation to care about? Who are our neighbors?
In worship, we confess (every week) that the Church exists to serve Jesus Christ. And we know that Jesus, in turn, calls us to serve others.
I once heard a revivalist preacher put the question this way: “Who has God laid on your heart?” As you move through life, who are the people you feel the Church exists to serve?
Over the next couple of weeks, our Task Force asks that you pray about this question. As you work and watch the news and grocery shop, look at those around you and ask yourself, “Who is my neighbor? Who is MY church called to reach out to?”
There are many possible answers to this question — many legitimate responses. So take your time. Ask God to give you eyes to see those we are called to serve.
Once again, we ask that you would write your prayerful reflections down. Keep a logbook. In about two weeks (after Easter), I’ll ask if you would be willing to post your responses here. We are very eager to hear what you have seen and prayerfully imagined.