Everyone wants a better world but most feel powerless to improve it. We become paralyzed in the quest and choose to accept the status quo. Instead of changing the world we can focus on changing our street. When we aim small we gain more traction in making a difference. Jesus commands us to love our neighbor, to serve others with compassion and meet the tangible needs of others. When we seek to practice those actions right where we are, we begin to change the world one neighborhood at a time.
Love Your Neighbor – April 27 & 28, 2019 – Luke 10:25-28
Jesus sums up God’s desires for us in two clear statements: love God and love our neighbor. Pursuit of these should consume the Christian life. What if we simplified it in our own lives and literally tried to love our neighbor? What if God has strategically placed us for the sake of the Gospel. What if we took some practical steps to know our neighbors, serve them and invite them into a relationship with Christ?
Compassion Toward our Neighbor, May 4 & 5, 2019, Luke 10:29-37
Jesus taught that our neighbors are those in need around us. The Samaritan fulfilled the call to neighborly love by taking the time, expending his resources to help the man on the side of the road. Who is hurting in our neighborhood that others have passed by? Where is there an unmet need where we live and work everyday that we can fill? Jesus said for us to “go and do” in bringing compassion to our locality.
Too Busy to Neighbor, May 11 & 12, 2019, Luke 10:38-42
Martha was frustrated that Mary would not help her around the house. She was focused on all that she had to do and the incompetence of those around her. Jesus challenges her to focus on the blessing of His presence and reorder her priorities. Today Jesus challenges us to reorganize our lives. When we focus more on serving Him and loving those around us we live with a healthy set of priorities.
A Life of Neighboring, May 18 & 19, 2019, Matthew 25:31-40
Jesus takes it personally when we serve others in His name. He also takes it personally when we neglect to serve. Our lifetime should be an accumulation of blessing others in the name of Jesus. Our neighborhood and community is a great place to begin to define a new lifestyle of compassionate service in the name of Christ.