‘…love your neighbour…’ Mark 12:31 NKJV
There are two things we should never do: First, to expect to feel fully at home in this world, because ‘…we are citizens of Heaven…’ (Philippians 3:20 NLT), and second, to become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly use. The ‘salt’ and ‘light’ principles Jesus taught call for us to influence and illuminate others for good and for God. That means taking responsibility to do things better at home, on the job, and in all our dealings. If the only people you show genuine care for are in your church, your salt isn’t flavouring and your light isn’t dispelling darkness. Christ’s command to ‘Love your neighbour’ includes the less-than-lovable. And you only love others when you add value to their lives! You may ask, ‘How do I do that?’ Here are four suggestions. First, by truly valuing them. That calls for believing in them before they believe in you, serving them before they serve you, loving them before they love you, and giving to them without expecting anything in return. Second, by making yourself more valuable. You can’t give what you don’t have, so you must earn and grow in order to give and guide. Third, by knowing what they value. What happens when you’re interested only in your own agenda? You know very little about the people around you. Make others’ priorities your priorities. Ask to hear their stories. Discover their hopes and dreams. Make their success part of your mission. Finally, by doing things that God values. When your life is done, what will you have lived for? Eventually, everything on earth will turn to dust? including you! So give yourself to things that will last beyond your lifetime.
SoulFood: Judges 12-15, Luke 14:15-24, Ps 119:81-88, Pr 17:27-28