9 times in the Bible, one command is said to sum up the Old Testament law: “Love your neighbor.”
It should be easy to love our neighbors. After all, they’re the people closest to us in proximity. Every neighborhood provides many potential possibilities for connecting with those around us. We share the same schools and the same parks. We attend the same meetings and are part of the same groups. We live in the same apartment building, housing complex, and street. We go to the same grocery stores, the same gas stations, the same hardware stores, and the same restaurants. We have the same mayor, the same trash service, the same postman, and the same police department and fire station. We might see our neighbors more than we see many people in our extended family!
It should be easy to love our neighbors.
But, just because we’re in the same place at many of the same times, it doesn’t mean we’re always connecting with those around us. That decision is mostly up to us. We’re the ones who decide whether or not we are going to be intentional about sharing God’s love with others.
Simply living in our mission field isn’t enough; we have to live their as a missionary.
Those people in your neighborhood are the people to whom God sent you. It starts with saying “Hello”.