Every day we come into contact with dozens of people. Many are our friends, some are our co-workers, a couple are probably family, and some are strangers.
Some of the people we meet make us laugh, some lift us up, and some don’t leave much of an impact on us at all. But there’s another group.
There’s people we pass by who can make us a bit… uncomfortable.
You know the ones… the girl crying in the bathroom, the homeless person who gives you a hopeful look, the co-worker who just seems a little “off” on a given day.
Every day we pass by people who find themselves in a less fortunate position than we’re in. Most of the time our response is less than admirable.
We just pass by and get on with our day.
When we read the passage in Luke, we see a similar pattern. It’s exactly what the rich man did to Lazarus. The rich man didn’t insult Lazarus, didn’t tell him to get lost. He just passed by.
Jesus calls us to do something different. He calls us to stop, pay attention, listen, and help those who are hurting around us.
Have you ever thought that maybe He calls us to do that because that’s exactly what He’s done for us? That He cared about us too much to just pass by?
Jesus made a tremendous sacrifice for us so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity apart from Him and the Father. He gave up everything he was so that we could take our seat next to him through our belief in Him. He doesn’t want us to pass by those around us, just as He didn’t pass by us.
In the same way He calls us to sacrifice our comfort for those around us, He sacrificed his own life so we could know Him and the Father for eternity.
He is there for us. He didn’t pass by.
Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
Have you ever thought that maybe Jesus is there for you? That he cared enough about you to not pass by you?
Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him and the Father in love. Maybe today is the day you take Him up on that promise and put your faith in him?
Become – Because everyone who believes can become someone new.
As we reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice, and the fact that he chose to not pass by us. How does that inspire you to live differently each day? How will you treat others differently.
Dear God, Thank you for not passing me by. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice on my behalf, so that I might have the opportunity to spend eternity with you. Amen.
– By Justin Piercy