Many of us have been to cities where you had to take a train to get from one place to another place. You would fly into a town and head to a train station to take it to and from different suburbs. Like most things, you would wait for a while until it was your time to board the train. At these stations, there are thousands of people that come and go. They are wrapped up in their own agendas. Unless they are with someone, the other people around never meet them and never get to know who they are or where they are going. It is more of a rush than anything else and people are to occupied with themselves to stop and get to know a stranger.
This not only happens at train stations, airports, or any type of busy transportation center. This happens in our own town, neighborhood, or even our workplace. A lot of us in the middle Tennessee area live in a cramped community. Our neighbors are literally just a few feet away from us. Do you know your neighbor? Have you reached out to them and invited them over for dinner? Have you invited them to a church event?
The exact same applies to our workplace. You spend 8+ hours a day at your workplace with dozens of people. You talk about a lot of things but do you actually take the time to get to know that person? Do you know about their personal life? Do you express any interest in showing them the type of person you are?
At home in our neighborhood or at work, people come and go quickly. We have lived in our newly established neighborhood for two and a half years now and we have already seen a lot of our original neighbors come and go. We were fortunate enough to get to know a couple of them really well but we didn’t get to know them as good as we could have. We didn’t ask about their spiritual journey. We didn’t invite them to our church functions. We did not do as good of a job at getting to know any of them as we should have.
These folks come into our lives at different times and it seems like in an instant they are gone. We need to take time to reach out to them. Find out if they are followers of Christ. Let them know that we are faithful Christians as well. If they are not members of the Lord’s church, we need to invite them to attend worship with us. Invite them to many of the social activities that go on each week with our Christian family. We need to be hospitable and more caring.
We need to love our neighbor. Our neighbor is the person that moved in next door, the person who just got a job in your company, and the new person at your church. Get to know your neighbors.
God is Good.
Luke 10:27-29: So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”