What comes to mind when you hear, “Treat others how you want to be treated”? How about “Love your neighbor as yourself”? If you are a believer, you have heard this over and over! But what does it mean to “Love your neighbor as yourself”? Who is our neighbor?
Loving our neighbor as ourselves means that we do unto others as we would want done to us. So lets say that you had a dire need. Maybe you lost your job, maybe you have lost a loved one, maybe you are homeless or without food to eat for you and your family. How would you want to be treated in those situations? Would you want someone to step up and help you? I am just guessing here, but my guess is that you would want help. So the answer to this first part is simple…. if you know of a need, do something about it. Don’t just say I will pray about it. Listen to what James says, (James 2:14-16) 14 My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them?15 A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food.16 If you say to that person, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing. Every single one of us is responsible for meeting the needs of those around us. We must start acting our what we believe, or maybe we already are?
So now that we know what we are to do when a need arises, how do we determine who our neighbor is? Is it the person next door, a person at work, the man down the street? Who is our neighbor exactly? Our neighbor is anyone to whom we come in contact with, either directly or indirectly. That means, if you are a in a coffee house and you over hear a person crying, you are to address that by going over to that person and asking them what you can do to help them. That means, when you are living on your social media forums reading all the post in your “Religious Groups” that you are to act when you come across a need. Love is an action! Love is not a feeling! And if we are called to Love our Neighbors as Ourselves, than we must ask ourselves, how would I want someone to love me right now if I was going through that?
For far too long, we have sat on the sidelines thinking someone else will meet that need. Or I don’t have anything to give right now. We all have something to give. And divine appointments happen every single day all around us, we just fail to see them because we are to wrapped up in our own selfishness. Sound harsh? Maybe, be it is Truth! How many of us, including myself, can say that we truly love our neighbors as ourselves?
Now if you are reading this, I am going to give you your first challenge. There is a dire need for support for our foundation, The Wilson House Foundation. The Wilson House Foundation is a foundation that helps support the needs of 2 orphanages in Kenya. For months we have pleaded with the Body of Christ to help us in our endeavor to provide food, clothing, medical and leadership support for these precious orphans and for months we have seen no support, but just from a very few select people. These children are literally fighting just to survive. They have literally nothing. There parents are dead and the sometimes go days without food. We need your help! I want to also add this… no matter how little you have, you have more than they do. And one last thing, always remember you can NEVER out give God!
Application: Let’s step up! Let’s take this one challenge and see what God can do through cheerful giving! Let’s take a stand and truly show the love of Christ by Truly honoring the Second most important command, Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves!
To accept this challenge, whether it is a $1 or $500, please visit www.thewilsonhouse-kenya.org and Boldly show the love of Christ today!