Who are your neighbours? Do you feel any obligation to get to know them or be involved in their lives? Today we see in the simple example of lost property that God desires for us to raise our neighbour game in the name of love and community…
1 If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. 2 If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. 3 Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it.
4 If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.
Are you a good neighbour? Last night some friends told us that they walked by our house one time in the evening when we weren’t home and found our garage door open. They knocked and we weren’t home, so they shut it for us and never told us. It was funny that they also told us our son did the same thing for them one night at 1AM when he drove by their house. He didn’t knock. He just shut it for them and drove away.
These are good neighbourly things to do. Most of us would do this, right? Are you ever tempted to look away? Not get involved with your neighbour who needs assistance and you know it?
God expects us to do more. God expects us to live to a high standard of care for our neighbours. Do you even know your neighbours by name? One time, Lucy and I bought a flat of potting plants and we went door to door on our street giving away the plants and introducing ourselves to each neighbour. It can be difficult to get to know people when we keep to ourselves and stay locked in our own homes.
How could you break that cycle and get to know your community? And then how could you step in to assist them in their needs? We are called to community and to love people in a manner which demonstrates God’s love for us.
Think about your neighbours and what you could do this week to show the love of God…