Travel scars…

October 25, 2017

“Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?” Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead.” Luke 10:29-30 The Message

You don’t have to travel far to find people in ditches. The beaten-up .. bruised .. and broken-hearted can be next door or just around the corner. They’re found in offices .. standing in line .. on the phone or right in front of your path. There are no strangers where Jesus defines neighbors. In God’s plan, compassion doesn’t avoid barriers. It sees pain, distress, and responds. Time is suspended. What is present tense is a life in need. God can be a great frustrater of plans but is always a merciful implementer of grace. It may not look like it, but the true gift is you. You encounter a situation .. divert your plans .. and become a neighbor. Compassion scars are created wherever the words “put it on my bill” are recorded in another heart. Jesus demolished religion’s inflexible measurement of good. He defined it forever as a response rather than a rule. He assigns one weight to compassion: all. You respond with all. It doesn’t mean everything you have. It means all of who you are. A Samaritan is found going somewhere everyday. He or she travels two worlds at once .. but lives in only one reality .. the Kingdom of God.  With Jesus .. compassion becomes an ever-filling well in your heart. You don’t wear compassion on your sleeve. It doesn’t create jealousy. It avoids attention where possible. It doesn’t keep score. You see the world like everyone else, but you respond in Christ. It only takes a moment…

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ “ Luke 10:33-35 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Christ-Travelers. (kchesterp1@gmail.com)  Notes from the ScarFinder#5

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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