This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Jesus was asked “what is the greatest commandment?”
He responded “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” The followup question was “and who is my neighbor?” Luke 16: 27-29 (RS) Jesus answered that by telling the story of the good Samaritan. In other words, our “neighbors” are people we run across who are in need of help.
We may live what we call “good lives,” but that generally means we don’t commit any “big” sins. God’s grace (read unconditional love) hopefully covers all of these “little” sins of commission.
Our main problems may come from sins of omission … the conscious decisions not to help people we run into who need help. These are the hard ones because it may mean involvement. There are also those fears the media bombards us with every day that hinder our action.
If we see a need and don’t respond, we are not doing what God wants us to do. God presents these opportunities to us, not to give us a chance to “work” our way into heaven, but to show God’s love to those people in need of help.
Let us pray that we will do better … with God’s help.