And he (the lawyer) said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37
A disciple of Jesus loves his neighbor, no questions asked and not seeking justification about who I have to love and who I don’t. To care for your neighbors includes a price…time, resources, effort and priority. It doesn’t happen by accident. To live on mission, you must have a mindset that prioritizes your motives, margin and money.
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39
If the church is going to experience revival in America it is going to begin with prayer. Those prayers must be rooted in an understanding of who we are and whose we are. To pray in the identity of Christ is to have an awareness and knowledge of who you are and who God, our Father is.
In the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin, Jesus confronted the Pharisees' arrogance concerning how they treat lost people who repent. Repentance leading to salvation (Acts 2:38) and repentance that restores relationships (1 John 1:8-9) involve realizing one’s sin, responding by turning away from sin, and rejoicing in the forgiveness of God.
Jesus confronts the Pharisees with 3 main rebukes in the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). How you treat people reveals your heart. How you treat money reveals your treasure. How you treat Scripture reveals your eternity.
So often we feel that if WE work harder, revival will come. 1 Corinthians 2:5 shows us that revival is only about the power of God at work. As Jesus’ disciples it should be our desire to know Christ so deeply that you just want to tell others about his good news, and then trust int he power of God to then use you to give you the words to say to see revival rise up in our community.