WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? An earnest lawyer asks Jesus this question in Luke 10:29. Basically, Jesus replied that our neighbor is not just the one who lives next door to us. A neighbor is a fellow human being on this planet. It’s anyone who shares the oxygen on earth. Our Lord desires that we all be GOOD NEIGHBORS and show mutual respect, helping one another along the path.
I’m certainly not suggesting that we lay the burdens of the world on our shoulders. Nobody could handle that – it’s why we bear one another’s burdens by giving them all to the One who can shoulder and care for us, Christ Jesus.
So how can we be a good neighbor? Something as a monthly charitable contribution is being a good neighbor because you are helping someone less fortunate along the path.
Always remind people of their worth. It hurts when it feels like you’re being forgotten. That small gesture can mean a lot. – Bobby Fulks
It means we’re not selfish and self-absorbed in our thinking, rather we consider the needs of others before our own needs. Again, it does not mean that we do not take care of ourselves as we should. We just share something as simple as a smile or hold a door open for someone. It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation. Give creatively to your fellow-man.
The denomination I was part of growing up had a place called THE GOOD NEIGHBOR CENTER. It’s much like the Salvation Army. They take donations and distribute clothing and other goods to the less fortunate. Something as simple as donating to such a place is being a good neighbor to your fellow-man.
Do you know someone who is struggling? Say a prayer for them. It doesn’t seem like you’re actually “doing much”, but it’s not what we can do for them that really matters. We know we serve a God who gives exceedingly above anything that we can ask or think. That’s powerful and when we take a moment to talk to the Father on behalf of another person, that’s putting feet to your faith for them. When I hear someone say, “I just don’t know what else I can do. I guess I’ll just pray”… it makes me shudder because prayer really should be our first resource instead of our last resort.
In this political season, it’s so easy to get caught up in the fight for right. As Christians, we really need to be careful about becoming too angry because nothing is worth going against our beliefs, values and principles. We don’t have all the answers about how to care for the truly needy among us while still keeping taxes lower and assuring we have plenty of jobs to go around here in America. We don’t have answers about how our life-saving medications can become reasonably priced and more assessable for those who must have them. There are so many unanswered questions.I don’t have answers. I’ll let you in on a secret – those running for the office of President of the U.S. don’t have every answer either. Here’s what I do know. EVERYBODY is my neighbor – no exceptions. In order for America to be the great nation it once was, we NEED to get back to basics. We NEED prayer. We NEED to ask the God of the universe, the One who made us, to make our paths straight. It is only as we read our Bibles and pray on a regular basis that this country will be great again and we will all be the GOOD NEIGHBORS we should be! 🙂