So who's your neighbor?

Here is another reason why Acts 2: 42 - 27 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Here I want to focus on:
 ... fellowship, to the breaking of bread ...
And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, ...
- ... breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, ...
- And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

This morning Anneka and I read the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Luke 10: 25 - 27 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And 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.”   Again, we see the Great Commandment.  When the lawyer (someone who studies the law of Moses) asked who his neighbor was, Jesus told this parable.   The lawyer didn't have a problem with God, he had an issue with people.  Jesus' parable was perfect.  In it, the lawyer would realize that if he were the man who had been mugged he would gladly receive help from the Samaritan.  Would he do the same if the roles were reversed?

Acts 2 reflects what Jesus taught in Luke 10.  Build relationships with each other and with the world around you.  Through those relationships, you open doors of opportunities.  Opportunities to change people's lives.  Opportunities to share peace, hope, love and joy with others.  It doesn't matter if it is a life long friendship or a chance encounter with a stranger.  You can make a difference in Jesus name!

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to connect to my church family and to the world around me.  AMEN!

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