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Just For Fun: If you could serve the Lord by serving people, what would you do? What keeps you from you doing it?

Scripture: (James 1:22 & 2:8)

On Feb. 7, 2016, Marquez Gaines was attacked, knocked unconscious, and left lying in the street. Cars drove by and people walked past him. A few people stopped to look, but no one called 911, no one rendered aid, and no one moved him out of the street. A few minutes later, he was run over by a cab outside of a Chicago 7-Eleven that had stopped to pick up people who were standing over his body.

Psychologists call this bystander apathy – a strange situation where people in a group fail to act because they assume someone else will do it instead.

Although this story is shocking, it isn’t new. 2000 years ago, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan as an example of how we should love one another. Much like Marquez Gaines, a Jewish man had been beaten and left for dead. He was found by others who responded like those in Marquez’s story and refused to help. In Jesus’ story, the victim of the beating is rescued. Marquez wasn’t so lucky. He died of internal injuries later the same day.

Maybe you or I wouldn’t step over Marquez’ body. But consider, is there someone in your life today that needs your help? It is not enough for you and I to say we follow Jesus and love one another. Our actions should reflect our words. Jesus brother James wrote it this way, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James, 1:22)

Questions:

  1. Using Jesus as our example, how can we love others without an agenda?
  2. How can spending time observing others help us love them for who they and not who we assume they are?
  3. Serving others builds love for others. Describe a time when volunteering or serving led to loving others?
  4. How often do you engage others for Christ?  Does this come naturally to you or is this something that is a struggle for you?

Optional Questions:

  1. Pastor teaches us we are to love without expecting something in return.  How often though do you find yourself tempted to love purely for what you will get out of it?
  2. We have all been blessed by God with gifts to minister to those around us.  Are you being faithful in using those gifts to love others?
  3. 1 Peter 3:15 & 16 “Always be prepared to give an answer.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, but …”  Are you prepared to share your faith with others?

*Written by Scott Underwood

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