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A few years back a book (and then a movie) came out called The Blind Side. The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, a football player who now plays for the Panthers, and how he was taken in off the streets by a family from the suburbs. They put him through high school and then college, essentially adopting him as their own son. It’s a wonderful story of what can happen when a family sees someone in need and chooses to help them.
While we would all praise such acts of mercy, the truth is that we find it much more difficult to act in a similar manner ourselves. We always have one reason or another for not helping the needy people that we come in contact with. It’s difficult and uncomfortable. There is always the possibility that our help will be abused, and we often feel too busy to help people (This busyness is often the result of good thing, even God-centered things).
But we only need on reason for helping others: the love and sacrifice of Jesus for us. Jesus came to earth and loved us until it hurt. He came and loved us even though He knew we would abuse His love to the point of killing Him on a cross. Despite all of this, He came to earth and provided help for us in our greatest need: the consequences of our sin. This should prompt us and free us to help those around us, even when it’s hard.
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Sermon: Uptown’s Vision: Being a Helping Neighbor