In a society where we are taught from birth (and treated like it before we even enter this world) that life revolves around us it is sometimes hard to remember that everything was not created just for our enjoyment. In fact it was created for God’s glory and his enjoyment.
While it is true that the human race is the crown jewel of what was already a stunning masterpiece we should also remember that even from the beginning Adam was created as a servant. He was created with a mission. He was God’s gardener in the world’s first and most beautiful garden.
Of course man did not do his job very well and the garden was lost to all of us. Adam, when he sinned, changed the course of mankind. One thing did not change, however, and that was man’s servitude. We are still servants.
That is hard to take in with the typical American “Me” attitude but it is true. Adam was a servant to God. His children were servants to God and so are we. They did not always do a good job and neither do we. But that does change the fact that job is still ours.
Our service is not exactly the same as Adam’s. Adam served God literally in Eden. We cannot do that. We can serve God though. Our service can be summed up quite simply in this simple phrase, “Serve me by keeping my commandments.” If we do that then we truly love God.
Of course part of what he told us to do is to love our neighbor better than we love ourselves. You will find that when the Bible speaks of love it is not talking about a warm fuzzy feeling but an action. Love is a verb and not a noun. So when God tells us to love our neighbor he is not telling us how to feel. He is telling us how to act.
Our love to God and our love to our neighbor are spoken of together as the two great commandments. It would do us a lot of good to remember that. They are spoken of together because they are commands to do the same thing, to serve. The first tells us to serve God and the second tells us to serve our neighbor. And because he told us to serve our neighbor, when we serve our neighbor we are serving God.
Which brings us to our verse: But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? (Luke 10:29) Our neighbors are not just the people who live next door. Our neighbors are not just the people who look like us, talk like us and think like us. If you read what follows after verse 29 in the tenth chapter of Luke you will that anyone who is in need is our neighbor.
Of course there are so many people in need that we could spend every moment of our lives serving someone. With so many people in need who should I help today? Because if I help this one that one might go without. Or maybe I do not know anyone who really needs help today. I have a suggestion, ask the Lord who your neighbor is. Not like lawyer in this passage of scripture who was making excuses. Ask him with a true desire to help someone out today. You may find someone who needs a lot of help. You might find someone who needs a little. But let the Lord find you someone to help.