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Topic: NEIGHBOR (06/01/17)
- TITLE: Would you hold the door for Jesus?
By Emmanuella Ellis
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A few minutes after that my friend made a comment which wasn’t quite surprising because that wasn’t the first time she had said that. She also told me about a couple of people who had said the same to her. She said to me “Don’t hold on to the door for them, they wouldn’t have done the same for you.” That however wasn’t entirely true, there are times when some people would not hold on to the door for you but there are other days when others would. And with that being said, the fact that they wouldn’t do it for me doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t do the same for them. My reason for doing that is not because I would like to the Lord to have an account of the many times I have held on to the door for people so that He would bring my way people who would do same.
I do that because it’s a nice thing to do for people and I am sure God will be pleased with it. The whole scenario got me thinking and I asked myself the exact question Jesus was asked in the Bible, who is my neighbour? Jesus responded to the question by telling His audience a story which made it very clear who a neighbour was but even more importantly who a good neighbour is (Luke 10: 25-37). And I think we haven really thought through it that well. Somehow, we forget that every single person we come into contact with in a day is our neighbor.
Every single person we are in contact with is our neighbour either it’s the people we meet at the grocery shop, coffee shop, workplaces or school or the people we meet at the door of the school building for a few seconds. For some reason we think that we only become good neighbours when we help the injured person or someone who is in dire need of help. Just like it was narrated in the story. But I think it goes further than that, I think being a good neighbor is doing your very best to make things as easy for some other persona s possible. It is helping out when there is a need and helping out even when there isn’t one. If holding on to the door will be helpful to someone even though he/she has two good hands to open the door because it makes going through the door much easier, then do it.
If you find someone moving a few meters to reach the bags at the grocery shop but you are close enough to reach it, then get the bag and pass it on to her. It could be smiling back to the lad y or gentleman who showed kindness by offering a smile or being the first to smile to the other person who might need that show of kindness. These are the little things that makes life easy for everyone especially since we like it when its done for us. Being a neighbour is who we are when we are in contact with anyone on the surface of the earth. No whether we would call ourselves a good neighbour, like the good Samaritan is entirely different.
If Jesus was our neighbour, I am sure we would have acted very differently. We would go beyond offering help when He asked for it to when its not requested. We would actually offer to live with Him just so we would do all the work. Use me oh Lord, we would tell Him. May I serve in your household my Lord and King, we will be the song on our lips, what would you have me do today, don’t bother doing it Lord, I will gladly do it for you, we would quickly add.
We do say all these words to God on a daily basis as we pray and fellowship with Him, however we have not come to the realisation yet that Jesus is in fact our neighbor. These Bible verses make this clearer to us; Matthew 25:40 “……whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you have done for me….” Genesis 1: 26-27, James 3:9, Genesis 5: 1-2 “Being made in the likeness of God.” Based on these verses we know that we come into contact with Jesus each and everyday. So would you hold the door for Jesus?
Being a good neighbour is not only about offering help when needed or asked for but when its not asked for. Why? Because I know Jesus would have done just that as He moved around thinking more about others than Himself and He would be happy to find us doing the same.
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