FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
“And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’”
Luke 10:35 (ESV)
THE MIND OF CHRIST: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
There was a husband who was told by the marriage counselor to try and be more considerate of his wife. One day he comes home from work. He’s dressed up in a suit, he has cologne on, and he has a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy in his hands. He rings the doorbell and he’s standing there as she opens the door he holds out the flowers and the box of candy. The wife opens the door takes one look at him standing there and starts crying. In between her sobs she says, “Oh, I can’t believe it! Little Johnny has been throwing up; … the dishwasher just broke; … your parents are coming to visit this weekend and … to top it all off, you come home drunk!
In Luke 10:35 we can assume the good Samaritan wanted to build a relationship with the man he had ministered to. Not only does he take care of this man but promises to come back again and continue to make an impact on his life. This was the man Jesus chose to illustrate what it means to love our neighbor. Loving people isn’t just doing a good deed once in a while but it’s investing in a meaningful and loving relationship.
Building relationships takes time and effort. A marriage and family isn’t strong without time and effort. A church isn’t strong without time and effort. And loving our neighbors won’t be strong without time and effort. Can you identify any relationships in your life where God wants you to spend more time and effort?