I’ve said this before, but one of the most liberating teachings I ever heard was from Dallas Willard, who astutely pointed out that we can’t love the whole world — that’s God’s job. Instead, we can love our neighbors and near-dwellers, and that’s exactly what we’re called to do. In fact, if each of us chose to embrace and give attention to those in the fifteen feet of space around us, everyone in the world would be loved. Isn’t that an incredible thought? You see, it’s not our responsibility to take on caring for 3 billion people — that would be impossible. Instead, it’s our job to demonstrate a radically different kind of compassion, kindness, and empathy whenever we have the opportunity. People today are hurting, and many are isolated, depressed, and lonely. When we ask Jesus to give us eyes to see beyond what’s obvious and pray for divine appointments to be a messenger of His encouragement to others, He will use our daily circumstances to change eternal destinies. We can step out of our comfort zone knowing that we have what is needed to help people who might otherwise perish for lack of hope.
My friend, you can go after the hurting and brokenhearted in this dark and shadowy world! Never underestimate the power you have to make a difference, and know that your simple willingness to share your story has the potential to permanently impact someone’s future. While it can be difficult to let your guard down and speak openly of your Savior when so many are hostile to His Name, He will meet you in each encounter and add His blessing to every seed of hope that you plant. Be motivated by this mission whenever you interact with others, choose to love the unlovely and unlovable, and you will inherit extraordinarily abundant Kingdom life!