What Should Be Our Best Desire for Our Neighbor?

Weekly Digest - Wed, 18 Jul, 2018

In Our zeal and desire to reach people for the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ, we can learn from Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. Often, we may wonder how we can find someone to witness the grace of God to in our crazy world. The interesting thing, however is that God surrounds us with neighbors wherever we may find ourselves in God’s world. Like the lawyer who came to Jesus wondering how he may inherit the kingdom of God, we must heed what Jesus said to him as follows: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your all soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). Jesus message and intention here for us to follow is our priority love for God and some unconditional love for our neighbors and fellow human beings. The parable that follows indicates that our neighbor is not just and only those who live in our immediate neck of the wood, but whoever God brings us in contact with in any circumstance. We have the duty and responsibility under the grace of the Holy Spirit to help them within the capability we are endowed with according to their need!

Even though we often fail to do it for several reasons of excuses and perceived inabilities, God has given each one of us believers in Christ the grace to witness God’s love to others. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 urges us that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men. . . This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We all have a testimony of how God saved us; we have the experience to share with others to encourage them also.

A smile, an act of goodwill, a helping hand, any little thing we do to someone in the name of Christ can work wonders. We are urged to be sensitive to the needs of people around us for God to bless.                                                                                    Dr. Johnson Omoni