This week we continued our sermon series on reaching the lost by looking at the priest in Luke 10:30-31. Read below to learn more.
Reaching the Lost: Don’t cross the street
- Please look at Luke 10:30-31
- What do we know about Priests? There job was to deal with people’s sin issues.
- Anytime the children of Israel sinned they would take an animal as a sacrifice for their sin. The priests received these sacrifices for sin.
- They would also consult the people of Israel and care for them.
- They made intercession for others on a regular basis.
- They would have been responsible for keeping up with the people of Israel’s daily walk with the Lord.
- If people weren’t coming to them with their problems then they weren’t doing their job.
- Are we known as priests in our schools? Do people come to you with their sin issues? Do we feel the burden of the things that other people are going through?
- Look at Galatians 6:1-2. Are we bearing each other’s burdens? This isn’t always easy, but it’s our responsibility.
- It’s our responsibility to be priestly. It may hurt, it may cost us, but it is what God is asking us to do. We are to be neighbors.
- Sometimes people don’t want to share their sins with us because they see us as perfect. We need to do a better job at letting people know how untrue this is. The first step to doing this is to be open and transparent. We need to stop feeling shame at showing our brokenness.
- Another thing we need to know is that our job isn’t to save anybody. A priest can’t fix someones problems. We don’t have all the answers, but we can point people to Christ, who does have the answers. We aren’t the solution, God is.
- Why did the priest cross the street?
- He thought that it wasn’t his job. He was a priest and technically his job was to work within the temple not on the way. We use titles or job descriptions a lot when we want to give reasons for not doing something. We don’t have jobs, we have responsibilities.We need to understand that being a neighbor is our responsibility. Titles and jobs can confine us but God says then shouldn’t. Our title is child of God. Our Job is to be neighborly. Anything else is for a season but not our identity.
- He also didn’t that nothing happens by chance. He forgot that God is the great orchestrator of relationships. Everyone that we interact with each day has been orchestrated by God. The choice is up to us how we respond to the meetings. This is really played out in Acts 8:26-31. Philip knew that nothing happens by chance. Who has God put into your path?
- He was scared. Sometimes being neighborly is scary because we don’t know what the outcome will be. The opposite of fear isn’t boldness, it’s love. This is why I said that I can’t give you a softer heart for the lost what I can give you is a path to fall in love with Christ. Look at 1 John 4:18. Verse 19 brings it home, “ We love, because He first loved us.” God doesn’t have a hard time pursuing us in spite of the fact that some of us don’t want to be pursued. Why? Because He loves us.
- It may not be your job but it is your responsibility
- No one comes into your life by chance.
- Don’t let fear dictate your response