Who is my neighbor?
Read: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.” Proverbs 11:30 (NASB)
Reflect: If we want to win souls for Christ, we must start with winning those God has placed around us, in our family, workplace, neighborhoods and community. Jesus gained many followers through intentional demonstration of the B.L.E.S.S. strategy we’ve been learning about during this series. He lived a consistent rhythm of praying for others, listening, and breaking bread with his closest disciples. The word “disciple” simply means a follower or student of Jesus. We are also his disciples and we are called to do the same thing.
Three months ago I became a grandmother. My prayer has always been that my children would have a personal relationship with Christ and enjoy the benefits of being in community with others. A family I previously met through a small group continues to pray for my family and mentor my young adult son. They’ve taken him to school when his car was broken, babysat, and most recently, reached out to MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) who in turn blessed my son with much needed diapers, baby wipes, bottles and other items for his infant son. I will never forget the look on my son’s face and the gratitude that filled his heart as the abundance of baby items filled our home. My son doesn’t consistently attend church, but he saw the church in action through their unexpected acts of kindness and generosity. Hearing him say he was “blessed” will be forever etched in this mother’s heart.
React: Who is your neighbor? Think about the people God has placed around you at home, work, and in your community and consider ways you can B.L.E.S.S. them this week!
Pray: Heavenly Father, let your kingdom come. Please show us how we can do your kingdom work and serve our city and those around us through simple, kind acts of love.