“Won’t You be my Neighbor: See a Person”

Week #2: See a Person
 
-Neighboring is an action, not an address
 
CARE: Compassion, Action, Relationship, Empowerment 
 
Compassion: An emotion that, seeing a person in need
moves us to sacrificial action.
 
Action: Identify that person’s need and offer your best
We cannot solve a chronic problem with a crisis solution.
“Do for one what you wish you could do for all.”  -Andy Stanley
BIG IDEA: Neighboring is seeing and serving a person, not solving a problem.
Further Conversation
1. Have you ever been treated like a “number”? How did it feel?
2. Read Mark 6:30-34. How would you define compassion? Why do you think Jesus felt and responded this way?
3. Read Mark 6:35-38 How do you think the disciples? Has frustration or weariness ever affect your compassion? How so?
4. Read Mark 6:39-44. What does Jesus do with the disciple’s best? How has you witnessed God multiply your best effort?
5. Do for one what you wish you could do for all. What does this statement communicate to you? How do we put this into action?
6. How have you seen people or organizations seeking to solve a problem rather than seeing & serving a person? Why is it so important to see the person? How did Jesus “see the person”?
7. Where have you been guilty of not “seeing a person”? How’s your compassion level? What action will you take this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Psalm 139
Who do you allow to see you at your worst? After 11 years of marriage, my wife knows my worst attributes the best. She has experienced my morning breath, my times of nausea, my fits of anger, my moments of jealousy, my brokenness and my shame. God bless her that she loves me! I’m embarrassed to acknowledge my worst, because, like you I like to be known for my best. Psalm 139 is an incredible prayer of intimacy and comfort because it is a confession of being fully and deeply known by God. God knows our best and our worst. God knows everything about you, and God still loves you. Even at your worst God gave his best for you! You are loved by God! Bask in God’s knowledge of you and God’s unrelenting love. How will you respond to that love?
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you! You know me completely. You know my worst yet give me your best…your grace through Jesus.
 
Tuesday – Mark 3:1-6
Jesus noticed a man with a deformed hand in the synagogue. I wonder how many people had intentionally ignored this man? Did they avoid eye contact. Whereas they saw a problem, Jesus noticed the person. Jesus saw him and served him. Jesus showed deep compassion and took action despite the opposition. Would you have done the same? Who around you is unnoticed right now? Who needs your compassion and action?
Pray: Holy Spirit, give me eyes to see as you see! When I begin to see a problem, help me see the person. Help me love like you!
 
Wednesday – Matthew 8:1-4
“If you are willing.” The broken man cursed with leprosy has felt rejection. People run from his presence. A leper colony, an isolated location where people like him are cast away, is probably his home. No wonder he questions Jesus. No one else has been willing. Whereas others say a disease and danger, Jesus sees a person. I believe this question broke Jesus’s heart as he extended his hand to touch the man and said, “I am willing, be clean.” If you’ve become jaded by rejection, know that Jesus is willing. He sees you, knows you, and love you. He is willing!
Pray: Loving Jesus, I’ve been rejected by so many but I come to you. Help me hear you say, “I am willing,” Make me new today.
 
Thursday – Romans 15:1-6
Might make right! This has been the motto of humanity for much of our history. Our world operates by survival of the fittest. Even today, political battles wage by who shouts the loudest or gathers the most influence. For followers of Jesus, life should be different. Paul reminds us that the strong among us should be sensitive to the weak. The powerful among us should leverage their influence for the sake of those less fortunate. We are to love and care for others because that is what Jesus did for us. We are to see and serve people, not please ourselves. How would you define your motto for life. Is it “might makes right”? Or “my might for whats right for you”? May we live like Jesus, serving others.
Pray: LORD Jesus, you are one with God yet stooped to love and serve each of us. May my heart choose the same today as you.
 
Friday – Mark 5:25-34
This woman slipped through the crowd and managed to touch Jesus without being noticed. After twelve years of bleeding, twelve years of failure, and twelve years of being officially deemed unclean by her community, this poor woman mastered the art of being invisible. She was certain no one wanted to see her anyway. But Jesus wanted to see her. Jesus knew something no one else could see. He knew she had great faith, faith that led to her healing. He looked for her and he looks for you. He wants to see you, to heal you today. What do you hide? Where do you feel shame? Come to Jesus. Have faith. He can heal you.
Pray: Jesus, you are my Lord & Savior. When shame tells me to hide, help me have faith to be seen and be made new by you.
 
Saturday – Genesis 18:16-33
Abraham pleaded with God. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities of sin and bad decisions. God was preparing the consequence when Abraham interjected. He pleaded on behalf of these cities, these people. Our sin and our bad decisions carry consequences. Its been warned that all of us are merely one bad decision from poverty and ruin. Do we plead for our neighbors? Do we beg God for grace for the people of our community? May our prayers be as passionate and persistent as Abraham. Who are you praying for?
Pray: Almighty God, I beg for grace and mercy on behalf of the people of Gastonia. May we all find forgiveness and healing!