Like a Good Neighbor

March 4, 2009 at 10:29 am 1 comment

I was challenged by a devotional (DT) sharing from Kelly Kang’s blog today and wanted to pass along some insights as well. The passage is Luke 11:5-10

5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’
7 “Then the one inside answers, `Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness [persistence] he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

A few points of connection:

1) Good neighbor, great friend. This man was boldly and persistently asking a friend so that he can help another friend. It’s not about what he can get for himself. It’s about interceding for the needs of others. Methinks there’s a connection here to Jesus’ teaching on prayer in the section just before (Luke 11:3 “Give us each day our daily bread” where it’s not “Give me each day my daily bread”). How much of my prayers to God have been for my needs only? “God, help me because I’m tired today and I have a lot to do…” Instead, we ought to be praying, “God, help my friend who is tired and worn out by the weight of problems…” Like to have a friend like that? Go and do likewise…

2) Amazing hospitality & compassion. “I have nothing to set before him.” But even in his lack, he goes to borrow something so that he might be a good neighbor to this friend (who’s in the midst of a journey). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Luke 10 spoke of the Good Samaritan and the extraordinary compassion that was shown to the man who was also on a journey (cf. Luke 10:30-37). Now, what would I have done if I were in his shoes? “Sorry buddy, I don’t have anything to set before you. Times are tough all around; not much to go around. Let’s both just get some rest — at least that’s free…” Instead, this man goes out and asks for that which he does not have, so that he might be a good friend and a good neighbor in sharing it with him.

3) Community of friends together. This friend asks another friend because of a friend. What a wonderful picture of sharing burdens together! Do you have such a community you can turn to in times of need? Do you hesitate in turning to them? I’ve often encountered people who hesitated in asking for help because they thought they would be a burden. But sharing burdens together is one way we can love and be loved with the love of Christ. I’m reminded to apply Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” But the essential ingredient is humility: The humble will ask; the proud will not bother.

I pray that we would be a community of good neighbors by being bold and persistent in asking for help so that we might love and be loved with the love of Christ!

Entry filed under: Devotionals, Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Leadership Lessons, Ministry Lessons, Waypoint Community Church.

DT Q’s (Luke 11) Greetings from Asilomar

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. anonymous  |  March 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Mr. Lee,
    could you please post more blogs soon?
    Thanks!

    Reply

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