Who is our Neighbor?

The Lord makes the point that it has nothing to do with proximity, but that it is mankind. I suggest that a great choice is he who lives next door. Pictured below is a block of previouly poorly maintained and subsidized housing three blocks from where we live.

We are challenged to  find answers to the plight of those around the world, and so should we. The criticism has often been leveled that; “We have no idea where the money goes, or how much really reaches those in need.”  The excuse then may be the often justified cynicism in not being involved at all. Much has changed because of the current economies around the world…….. need abounds.

The word is explicit as it declares: ” Is not this the fast that I choose; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to let the supressed go free, and to break ever yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless into your house; when you see naked, to cover him? Then lest your light break forth like the dawn, and your righteousness go before you. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer. Here I am.”

How broad is that statement of responsibility. How easy it is to find needs. The below mentioned project here is one answer by our small city where there is reasonable accountability, and more rapid response from planning to purposefulness: Three months for organization and contract. Three weeks to rehab and make ready. These young people will transition from need to help and answers.

While we debate the needs  and response to those across the continents we might well be considering also the very personal character of the one-on-one ministry the Lord speaks of  when He says, even figuratively; “Bring the poor into your house”.

Certainly this is not to disparage answering the needs of any -here or there. It is simply a recomendation that we act upon that mandate given to us. The Lord says: “Here I am” at the moment and point of that  immediate need. We say; “Send me!” Then go.

 

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I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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4 Responses to Who is our Neighbor?

  1. I agree with Steven that we have neighbours everywhere we look. I find my “neighbour” is usually a sad/lonely looking woman sitting on a bench at the shopping centre, who welcomes a happy face, a listening ear, and words of comfort and encouragement, and who is then willing to accept a Gideon New Testament. Or it is often a check-out girl at the supermarket, who has had a ‘difficult’ or complaining person or two, is tired and is most welcome of a happy customer with uplifting words.

    Yes, our neighbours are everywhere, and we have a responsibility towards them . . . and what a privilege that is!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    If Jesus did not “go” we won’t have a chance to be His children today. If someone did not say “Send me” and “Go” neither you or I would be blogging here. Often the first step to go is the hardest. Not difficult to hear “Go”, it is difficult to go because its costs us. It cost Jesus all He gave. We cannot be ungrateful and disobedient.

    • 4hispraise says:

      It strikes me that the project termed “aid in transitional living” may well apply to all of us. We are all in transition from where we are to God’s heart. Thank you for your response Steven.. I suspect you have already found your way long ago.

  3. Steven Sawyer says:

    So true. We have neighbors everywhere we look. Thanks for reminding me.

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