It’s reassuring to know exactly where we stand and, to have the answers to life’s tough questions. But, getting the responses we are looking for isn’t always an easy journey.
Confronting the issues that lurk at the very heart of our understanding of the world will, by its very nature, take us to a place where we have to take a long hard look at who we are, what we believe and how that might work out in practice. There’s no better illustration of this than the uncertainty - not to say, instability - that has been evident following the referendum on our membership of the EU.
Jesus faced the same kind of life changing and life affirming questions – usually posed by someone trying to catch him out. Luke 10:25 records one: it’s a seemingly innocent and heartfelt enquiry, borne out of one person’s desire to live as God intends.
The problem is that, like many questions of this nature, it comes loaded with another (and very personal) agenda (see Luke 10 verse 29). The subsequent response is one which would challenge the values that lie at the very heart of the questioner’s faith.
As with many of the parables, Jesus’ response is unexpected. Drawing lines around need and mercy simply doesn’t resonate with Kingdom values: real love knows no boundaries - not those of race, nor those of circumstances and/or experiences. It’s a pointed lesson for our nation as we reflect on Brexit and beyond.
In responding to the growing opportunities that God is putting at our disposal, let us neither forget nor neglect the values that lie at the heart of our faith.
- God at the centre
- seeking His Kingdom
- focusing on Christ and His work
- inspired by the Bible
- led by the Spirit
- infused with prayer
God has promised that He will be with us as we live out our faith. He will guide and lead us on the next steps of our journey as we put our trust in Him.