I. The opportunity and responsibility to spread the gospel (Luke 10:2)
A. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
B. The perpetual commission (1 Timothy 4:12,16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:3-4; 2:2; Titus 2:1,3-5)
II. Many will reject God
A. Jesus predicted such (Matthew 7:21-23)
B. Jesus’ instruction to the seventy (Luke 10:10-11)
C. We must not waste time (Matthew 7:6), but do not doubt the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16)
III. Rejecting God puts one in an eternally dangerous position
A. Sodom (Luke 10:12; Genesis 13:13; 18:32)
B. Tyre and Sidon (Luke 10:13-15; Acts 21:3-4; 27:3)
IV. Rejection is hurtful and disappointing (Luke 10:16)
A. Our success is measured in faithfulness
B. Remember what God told Samuel (1 Samuel 8:4-7)
Day 10/260: Read Luke 10
The young man, well-versed in the Scriptures, summed up the requirements of the Law in two ways: (1) love for God, and (2) love for your neighbor. Not quite satisfied, he asked Jesus one more question: “Who is my neighbor?”
How would you summarize the Lord’s answer to this man? Your neighbor is not just the person who lives next door, or your friend on your street. Your neighbor is not just the fellow who sits in front of you while you worship. Your neighbor is not just the man who looks like you, talks like you, and dresses like you.
Your neighbor is every man. Regardless of your personal relationship. Regardless of how he treats you. What is this parable usually called? “The Good Samaritan.” The Jews viewed Samaritans as dogs, less than people.
Yet, this Samaritan helped a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, who never would have considered helping him if the roles were reversed. Jesus says they were neighbors.
How have you treated your neighbors at school or at work? How have you treated those who have mistreated you? How should you treat them?
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Luke 6:45. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and en evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Pray for opportunities to be a good neighbor to someone who has treated you poorly. Pray that the love of Christ might shine through your actions so that He is seen and glorified.