Theme: Doing What’s Right - Jesus Talks About the Kingdom
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
It can be hard, and often very inconvenient, to do what is right. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught us that we need to do the right thing even when it’s difficult, takes us out of our way, or costs us time or money. The Jewish experts of Jesus’ time knew every detail of the Jewish law and prided themselves on following those rules to the letter. Jesus wanted to show them that they were missing the point of what God meant when he gave the laws. Jesus surprised them when he told them that the “neighbor” they needed to care for could be anyone, even an enemy! Does what Jesus said surprise you? Think about ways you can care for someone who needs help, maybe even someone you don’t like.
Often it can be hard to make the right decision, because the right decision costs you something. Perhaps doing the right thing will cost you time, your reputation, money or even someone’s friendship.