“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.’
– Mark 12:30-31
When we become followers of Jesus Christ, we take on His eyes; we take on the eyes of Jesus and the ears of Jesus before we take on the mouth and the hands of Jesus. We become listeners and we become see’ers, discerning and listening for hurts that we can heal. Sometimes we get overburdened because we feel like we can’t help the whole world. But the good news is, Jesus doesn’t tell us to love the whole world; He tells us to love our neighbor, but we have to love all of our neighbors. Dallas Willard said it this way: “The world is a big place. It’s God’s job to love the world. Loving our neighbor is as much as we can manage. Your first neighbors to love are your home and your family.”
God, the world belongs to you. It is in your good hands. But my neighbors belong to me. I want to love them and to serve them.
Do you love all of your neighbors?