SERVICE TO THE NEIGHBOR
Rev. Jakkula L. David
Executive Director, MBDO
Gods Plan: God Created Man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27.
Gods Purpose: The ultimate purpose, meaning, and standard for human life and society come from God. Man is a unique creature of God formed distinct from the animals. Endowed by His Creator with the gifts of religion, language, reason, choice, creativity, and society, man is like God in every way a creature can be. Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden talked directly with God and received their original education from Him.
Gods Command: Loving thy neighbor means showing respect to the neighbor, helping out when and how we can. Serving God is showing respect and obedience to Him. When we love our neighbors we are in obedience to God. Therefore we are serving God by doing this, as He has said in His Word. Leviticus19:18, 25:35, Matt.22:39,
Serving your neighbor: To love and serve God is an empty lie, if, there is no heart to serve others. Christian education aims to train men and women who love God in both word and deed, and express this love in ministering to others. One’s vocation must be seen as part of this moral responsibility. We should learn to obey scriptures and serve God more fully so that we minister to others more effectively. Matt. 5:42-43, 6:1-4, 19:19, 21,1 John 2:17, 4:7-21
Knowing Your Neighbor: There are several people around us are disadvantaged that are not accessible for adequate resources. We do not know their needs until we go and listen from them. You cannot love your neighbor if you do not know that neighbor. Time spent with neighbors that does not result in conversions, does not result in spiritual conversation, or does not result in any greater appreciation of the work of Christ, is not a net loss. Let us be resolved to undertake this kind of work confident that it is a legitimate end unto itself, that our culture deserves our attention, and that God will call us to account for the time spent serving neighbors., Matt. 25:31-46, Luke. 10: 25-37,
Conclusion: The great commandment teaches us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. That is not a suggestion from our Lord; it’s a commandment. To address a social problem, we address some of the roots of the modern day crisis in evangelism at the same time. “Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Related verses:, Deuteronomy 6:5,14:28-29, 15:7-11, Psalms 41:1-3, Proverbs 11:25, 19:17, 22:9, Luke 6:38, 11:41, 12:33-34, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 , Hebrews 13:3 ,James 1:27 , 2:15-16 ,Galatians 2:10 ,1 Timothy 5:16; Ephesians 4:28-32, Isaiah 58:6-11.