It’s hard to believe but it’s almost been a year since my husband and I moved into our new home. We are settled in and its feeling more and more like home everyday. I don’t think there is a day that I walk in to our home without realizing how blessed we are (well most days anyway). We have so much more space in our home than we did in our apartment and we still can’t figure out what to do with all the space.
Recently my husband and I have been feeling the need to become better neighbors. We’ve been here almost 1 year and haven’t gotten to know any of our neighbors. Maybe a quick “Hi, how are ya”, or “it’s beautiful day today”, or some days I’ll quick run inside so I don’t have to speak at all. After 1 year of doing this (sadly) I’ve come to realize that this is not the way we are called to live as Christians and I want to be better.
“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion — how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
1 John 3:17–18 NLT
This morning as I was walking into work, through the crazy parking garage where cars are zooming around the corners and you aren’t sure if you’ll make it out of there alive I was passing an older man. There was a car coming and we were both trying not to run into one another while trying not to get ran over by the car driving by at the same time. This guy goes around me and jumps in front of the vehicle that is coming, in my mind I’m thinking OMG he’s going to get ran over but his response was even better, with a smirk on his face he says “I’ll be the one to get ran over” of course I laughed when he said it but in my mind I was like what? You don’t know me.. What? Why?.
I was quickly reminded in that moment that this is what it should be like to love your neighbor. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not telling you to jump in front of a car for your neighbor but what are you willing to do to love your neighbor better?
One of the commandments in the bible is to love your neighbor as yourself and you can find in many stories throughout the bible people selflessly neighboring. I’ll use Esther as an example, Esther was willing to go through darkness for her neighbors because her adopted father reminded her that she was called for such a time as this.
“Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
Esther 4:13–14 NLT
What if the very thing that you have whether it be small or big is what God wants to use to change your neighbors life. I think as Christians we think that “that thing” has to be something big, NO! God wants to use the small things too. Your nice smile means the world to someone who forgot what it’s like to smile, you letting someone in front of you during the busy rush hour in the morning means the world to someone who is on the verge of loosing their job. I could go on for days but I think you are getting the picture by now. Give whatever you’ve got and watch God use the smallest thing to bring glory to his kingdom. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to be a better neighbor and not just in my neighborhood but to those around me as well, because I’ve been called for such a time as this.