“Lord, what can I do to please you today? I know I don’t have to work to earn Your love. But I like to do things that make you happy – things that bring a smile to Your face, something that will let You know that I love you?”
“My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. 14 The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighborthe same as you love yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 ERV
The verse above was Paul’s instructions to the Christians at Galatia. He was reminding them of what Jesus taught and Jesus words were a repeat of a lesson God gave to Moses when the Israelites first came out of Egypt. God’s command from the very beginning was that we walk in a loving way towards those around us.
“Forget about the wrong things people do to you. Don’t try to get even. Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18 ERV
I’ve heard it said, you really know who your friends are when the chips are down. But I’ve never liked that saying…it seems when there is a serious problem everyone will come to help, even folks you don’t know but in the day to day routine, a true friend is there. They are there to notice the small victories that no one else sees and they also notice the small things that indicate you might just be having a bad day.
The thing I love about country folk is they are “good neighbors”. We’ve always appreciated good neighbors. Today, don’t look for something you can be thankful for – be the reason that someone else is thankful! It will make your Father smile.
I heard tell of a man who lived in AZ. He was out driving on the I-10 down Tucson way and he ran out of gas. He came to a stop on the shoulder of the road and right in front of him was this big billboard
NEED HELP? CALL JESUS
So in sheer desperation the man got out his cell phone and called the number. In 10 minutes, a 1950’s Chevy pickup showed up and out stepped a Mexican man with two 5 gallon gas cans, his name was Jesus!
Now that man was a neighbor. A good neighbor! He came to help in time of need.
“Then the king will say to the godly people on his right, ‘Come, my Father has great blessings for you. The kingdom he promised is now yours. It has been prepared for you since the world was made. 35 It is yours because when I was hungry, you gave me food to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you welcomed me into your home. 36 When I was without clothes, you gave me something to wear. When I was sick, you cared for me. When I was in prison, you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the godly people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you with no place to stay and welcome you into our home? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’
40 “Then the king will answer, ‘The truth is, anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40 ERV
If the greatest two commandments according to Jesus are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength and then to love your neighbor as yourself, we need to be ready to answer when we hear a call for help.
We don’t go in our own strength and but in the love and the strength that God has placed within us. And we do it with a thankful heart. Thanking God that He has placed confidence in us that we will do the right thing and that we will respond in a timely manner – that we will be good ambassadors of Christ.
Let me ask you this, if Jesus made a billboard and it said “NEED HELP” could He put your cell number at the bottom? Let Jesus use you today to be the answer to someone’s call!