52: Storyteller – How Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?
August 20, 2023
Luke 10:25-29 (NLT)
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
The more neighborly we are, the better we have with our neighbors.
Luke 10:30-33 (NLT)
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.”
Luke 10:34-37 (NLT)
34 “Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
“Which of these three loved God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength loving a stranger as himself?”
Your love for God will be by your love for other people.
Your is to help them find and follow Jesus.
Some suggestions that will help…
- Pray for opportunities to show mercy
- Pray for those who need mercy –
- Listen to them – ask to hear their story – to learn something from someone who has experienced the world differently than you
- Share your story of what Jesus has done for you
- Serve them
- Notice them – look for them
- Slow down – if in too much of a hurry to help, you’re living too hurried
- Surrendering to Jesus, means surrendering your cleanliness, your comfort, your convenience, your money, your heart – compassion!
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Salvation is not any spiritual work we have done.
But salvation will result being at work in us.
Faith is proved genuine by my ongoing .
If my faith is proved genuine by my ongoing faithfulness, then how do I live a life of faithfulness and help others do the same?
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