Friday, April 27th, 2018
Love... Is Attentive
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion...
Luke 10:30-33 (NASB)*
The opposite of selfish is selfless.
For Christians, selflessness invites God and the indwelling of His Spirit.
Since selfless people are not focused on themselves, what do they do? How do they spend their time?
They do what Jesus did. They focus on others. They are attentive. They are situationally aware, especially toward those in need.
Like the Good Samaritan. Surely, he had a destination and mission, a reason for his journey: desires, expectations and responsibilities.
But the Good Samaritan laid aside his schedule for the more urgent need of a bloody, half-alive, barely-dressed stranger.
He didn't make judgmental assumptions: 'Why is this man naked? Perhaps he is evil and brought it upon himself. Most likely, he deserves it. What if it's a ruse and he attacks me?'
He didn't prefer his own agenda: 'I have important people to meet. Vital things to do. Things that can help many people--not one probable low-life.'
Honestly, I can't claim selfless attention to people in need. But it must be my goal and become my practice; our goal and our practice.
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Is Attentive (Part 28)
* The Parable of the Good Samaritan: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=NASB
* The Rich Man and Lazarus:
* The entirety of the Gospels illustrate Christ's attentiveness to the people in need around Him.
* 'Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith' (1 Peter 5:8-9, NLT).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.