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I call them: Kingdom Neighbors

By Jan Tomasik

Let me just start this message by saying that if you are feeling low, physically worn out, spiritually beat-up and financially broke than this message is for you. However if you feel like you are high on the mountain and you can take on the world, spiritually charged and not a care in sight this message is for you.

Recently I read the parable of The Good Samaritan. I am sure you know this parable, but for those of you who like reading stories I will tell you again. There was a lawyer who came to Jesus and asked him, “What must I do to be saved?”  He knew the answer to this question before he asked it.  He was a lawyer who had studied the law and taught it to others. He was very knowledgeable and very smart. Then Jesus’ answer was exactly what he expected it would be. The answer to his question was the cornerstone of Hebrew Law. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Then he said do this and you will be saved. To justify himself the lawyer then asked, “Who is my neighbor?” And again the lawyer knew the answer to this question also. By the Hebrew law every Jew was his neighbor. This was the answer he expected from Jesus. But Jesus had something else in mind. Jesus told him a parable.

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.” (Luke 10: 30-35)

Now, Jesus said, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The lawyer replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” This answer he was not expecting. By law a priest or a Levite was not obligated to help this half dead man who was holding onto his life by a thread. After all he was naked and did not talk. His language or his clothes would have revealed his identity.  They could not tell if he was a Jew or a gentile. They were not guilty of any sin by their interpretation of law. But Jesus came to fulfill the law and the way he saw it the law was perfect. The interpretation of people like this lawyer was the problem.

This lawyer had no desire to learn. He had a different agenda. He wanted to justify himself and gain honor from Jesus also. That is why Jesus told the parable only half way. Yes, Jesus told the parable half way because if this man had come with his heart opened he would have heard the second part. Now you are in luck because I am going to finish it all the way.

There was an actual event that took place in the Old Testament. Jesus only changed the place and the names when he told the parable. We find the story in I Samuel 30: 9-12. David and his men were in pursuit of their enemy and on the way they found a man in the field. This man was half dead. He didn’t have food or water for three days. This man was left behind to die. But David showed up at the right time. He took him in. This man had nothing to offer. David did not know this man’s identity. Sound familiar? Furthermore, by law David was not obligated to give assistance to this man. David had no agenda. He just wanted see this man live. He just wanted to see this man survive. He did not want anything from this man. He just wanted him back on his feet. And that is the first half of the story.

For you that are feeling low, physically worn out, spiritually beat-up and financially broke, don’t ever doubt your value and meaning to God. You are loved by God. God will send people your way at the right time. People like David. People that do not have an agenda. People that don’t want anything from you. People that want to see you live. People that want to see you survive. People that want to see you rise. They want to see you smile again, they have a hug for you, they have some money for you, they have a blessing for you, a handshake, a prayer. They just want to see you back on your feet. I call them Kingdom neighbors.

Kingdom neighbors are real. If you don’t know any personally that does not mean they are not around. What it means is that you are just surrounded by the wrong people. You need to forget everybody that passed you by. Anybody that looked beyond you, that did not help you, that did not love you. You need to forget them because your value is not determined by them but by the Almighty God. Because, when your Kingdom neighbor shows up those people will no longer matter. Your Kingdom neighbor will clean and bandage your wounds. He will wait for you to recover. He will see that you survive. He will wait until you rise. He has no agenda. He wants nothing from you. He just wants to see you back on the road to glory.

Now onto the second half. After this man who David helped had made a full recovery, David asked him who he was. The man said that he was an Egyptian who was a slave to the Amalekites.  He was sick when his master left him behind. They had burned down Ziklag, a city of David’s kingdom. This man needed David to save his life. But David soon found out that he also needed this man. Because of what David had done for this man, he had gained for himself an ally. This man continued to help David by tracking down his enemies and David saw a great victory. God will put the right people in your path if you fallow his map.

The second half that Jesus did not tell the lawyer was this.  If you love your neighbor as yourself and you have no agenda. If you just want to be all God wants you to be, you cannot escape your reward even if you are just being a Kingdom neighbor. The lawyer wanted to justify himself. He wanted to show Jesus that he obeyed the law. But there is no reward in the law.  David got his reward even when he was not expecting one. Because he simply just loved his neighbor.

So, for you out there that feel like you are high on the mountain and you can take on the world, you are spiritually charged and not a care in sight. Find somebody that is feeling low, is physically worn out, spiritually beat-up and financially broke, and be all God wants you to be. Be a Kingdom neighbor.



By Jan Tomasik

Everyone would like to know what the future holds. We can read about history, we live in the present but we do not know what will happen in the future. Or do we? Many times I have heard the phrase, “Who knows what is going to happen in the future.” I grew accustomed to hearing it and I used it often. So one day I was talking with my father on the phone. We were having a normal father-son conversation and we talked about everyday life. My father asked me a question, “How’s work?” I replied, “It is good. I have enough work for now but who knows what is going to happen in the future.” Then he replied, “What do you mean who knows? I know.” Then he told me what is going to happen in the future. When I heard it I believed it one hundred percent. There was no doubt in my mind that what he said was the truth. You see, my father is a great man of God. He is the greatest preacher I have ever heard preach. So when a man of God tells you something; as my father-in-law says, “You can take it to the bank.” In other words, it is the truth. You may ask, “What did he say will happen in the future?” I am glad you asked and I will tell you because it greatly concerns (includes, involves) you.  Before I tell you allow me to paint a picture of the whole story.

The story begins in Genesis 1:1, where the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” What did God create first? That is simple. God created The Beginning. God has no beginning and no end so he first created The Beginning. Now imagine that God opened a book and started writing down history. I am not referring to the Bible. I am talking about the book of records of mankind throughout history. (Rev. 20:12b) He started with the creation of the heaven and the earth and now continues with everything that you do. He started writing the history of humanity. This book of records includes all people that have lived, not just people of the Bible. Throughout history some people stand out more than the others. These people are remembered for generations while others are forgotten as soon as they die. But God does not forget anyone rather everyone has a place in the pages of His book. The future is coming and it greatly concerns (includes) you. My father told me about it and I believe it is going to happen.

You see in history there were many great men. We call them heroes. God has recorded their works in this book of records I am talking about. There are too many to list but I will mention a few. One of my favorites is King Arthur. I like his story because he was the man that united many small tribes to fight a great enemy. The enemy was stronger than all the tribes but he understood the power of unity. To his people he was a great hero. For the first time they felt like they had freedom and prosperity. Many people wrote of the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He was adored in songs and poems. Another example is King Alexander the great. He was a young man when he became king. He did not allow his youth to hinder his conquests and he conquered many nations. The land from Greece to India, most of Middle East and much more were under his control. He was known in the far reaches of the world. To his people he was a hero. There are many more heroes in this book I am talking about. These are people who stood strong in the face of danger and were ready to fight for those who could not. You may ask, “How do these heroes of history concern me?” And I would say to you, the future is coming and it greatly concerns you. My father told me about it and I believe it is going to happen.

Furthermore, in this book of records there are people such as Elijah. Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal when the people of Israel forsook the Lord. He defeated the false prophets and the people gathered around him. Then he rebuilt the altar of the Lord and placed an offering on it. The presence of the Lord consumed the offering.  And the whole nation turned back to the living God. In God’s book of records he is God’s hero. Another one of God’s hero’s was Abraham. God called Abraham his friend because he believed the word of the Lord. Abraham also built an altar and the Lord walked in the midst of the offering. Another Hero of God was Nehemiah. He built the walls of the temple. But because the enemy was at the gate he had to build the temple with a sword in one hand and trowel in the other. He knew that when he built the temple the presence of the Lord would dwell there. And he believed that if presence of the Lord was not there than any battle was not worth fighting for. You may ask, “How do God’s heroes concern me?” And I would say to you, the future is coming and it greatly concerns you. My father told me about it and I believe it is going to happen.

As for the heroes, you may have noticed that I mentioned two types. There are earthly heroes and there are God’s heroes. Earthly heroes fight battles. God’s heroes build altars and temples. Earthly heroes look to the things of this world, while God’s heroes bring the presence of the living God to the earth. Earthly heroes fight with their own strength but God’s heroes rely on the power of God. They know that without God’s presence no battle is worth fighting. Without God’s presence no step is worth taking. Moses said to God, if your presence does not go before us we will not move. You see Elijah had to rebuild the altar because only the presence of the living God can change the hearts of men. Now the question is, “which one are you?” If you want to be God’s hero, you must first build an altar in your heart, and make your body His temple. Then His presence will dwell within you. To be God’s hero you must bring down the power of God in order to change your circumstance and the circumstances of those around you. In order to win people to Jesus, you must build an altar.


Finally God is going to write the last word on the last page in the book of records. What he writes will stay written throughout eternity. Now, let me tell you about the future. My father told me about it and I believed it one hundred percent. My father said, in the future every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. And as we finished talking I began to think about what he said. Then I saw this in my mind. I saw Jesus sitting on the throne and the multitudes kneeling. Sinners and saints were kneeling. Kings, presidents, and generals, were kneeling. The rich and the poor were kneeling. There were people who knelt because they had no choice. God’s heroes were kneeling in reverence to their King. And there between all of them you will be kneeling too. Are you going to be kneeling because you have no choice or are you going to be kneeling in reverence and aw of your God? To Jesus this is going to be just a formality. Jesus will be sitting on the throne looking for his heroes. Jesus can’t wait to hug your neck and say, “well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord”. I hope to see you there as God’s hero because you see all paths and all religions lead to God. The question is, What happens once you get there?