On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength and with all you mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself.
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Recently, our neighbor of thirty (30) years went home to be with the Lord. Due to illness and work schedule, neither Frank nor I was able to attend his funeral. However, not a day has passed since his death that I’ve not thought of his family and pray for God to continue to provide them with comfort and strength during their bereavement.
Our neighbor was a very special man who lived out his life as a witness and soul-winner for Jesus Christ.
Before his illness, when our paths crossed, my neighbor talked about the goodness of God. If he didn’t have the time, or sensed that I didn’t, he’d simply yell, “Hey neighbor, do you still love Jesus?” This robust greeting has become a way for me to evaluate the status of my personal relationship with God. As each day brings changes in our health, wealth, and personal situations it’s good to ask ourselves during these times, do we still love Jesus?
My neighbors’ family, church, and friends may never know the impact he had on my spiritual growth, but I wanted to pass on to you his way of evaluating your relationship with God by asking, “Hey neighbor, do you still love Jesus?”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for those Christians who have remained faithful to you as they’ve invited others into a love relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
All Scripture from NIV Study Bible, The Zondervan Corporation, 1995