cultivating daily

cultivating daily

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Who do you live beside? How many folks live on the street where you live? Who are you regularly running into as you live out the daily rhythms of your life? Anybody and everybody you thought of in response to those three questions would be considered your “neighbors.”

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus depicted the heart of someone who loves their neighbor as willing to get messy, willing to be interrupted, and willing to help no matter the cost or obstacle. My dad was mentored early in his life that, based on this same story, your neighbor is simply “anybody who is along your way.”

How are you cultivating daily into your neighbors? 

If all the teachings of God’s commands hinge on two commands – love God and love your neighbor – then this is not something we should take lightly. Are you cultivating the good news of God’s near love by actually going near to your neighbor? Am I living with presence, actually cultivating for loving friendship with the very people I live by and bump into daily?

I must. It’s in the top-two on the love and obedience list. And why wouldn’t I? Who doesn’t want to raise a family while “on earth as it is in heaven” is being cultivated for?

Be looking for posts about cultivating into your neighbors every Tuesday.

36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
(Matthew 22:36-40, HCSB)

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