Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
Good morning AABC family!
About 6 months ago, Pastor Ben preached on “Who is my neighbor?” and what it would look like for us, as Christ followers, to love our neighbor, and that really convicted me.
“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40.
I’m a little shy.
I don’t know if you can relate, but … looking inward, I find myself to be pretty outgoing with people that I know, but with new friends and new people, I find myself to be a little bit more reserved.
But with God’s word and Pastor Ben’s sermon, the Spirit really convicted me to be a Biblical neighbor. I started to pray to ask God to open doors for me to meet others and engage others in my neighborhood for the expansion of His Kingdom. And God answered! Here are some of the people that I’ve met in my neighborhood over the past few months. I’ve chosen to leave out their last names to give them some anonymity.
Ced is a father of three (5 yr old, 3 yr old, and a 1 yr old). He is married. I forgot his wife’s name, but she went to Baylor and knows RG3. I told her, “I’ve taken a picture with the RG3 statue in Waco, and that’s the closest I’ve been to RG3.” Sic’ Em Bears! He is an inspiring musician and a stay at home dad. They are believers and are looking for a church. I invited them to AABC!
Justin is a father of two (8 yr old and 5 yr old). Justin is Silas’ basketball coach. Justin is a good guy, husband, and father. He grew up in a Pentecostal church, but left the church after graduating high school. He isn’t a believer but attends Catholic church with his family because he wants to “support” his wife and two children who are devout Catholics.
Yan is a Russian man who lived in Israel for 25+ years and immigrated to the U.S. three years ago with his wife and 2 children (8 yr old and 6 yr old) through a green card lottery. He and his family are Jewish but are not attending a synagogue currently. We’ve talked about the Old Testament before, and I even got a chance to brush up on my Hebrew!
I don’t know how to spell or pronounce his name…, but his twin sons are Frazier (5 yr old) and Freewill (of course 5 yr old too). They are Ethiopian and are expecting their 3rd child soon. Frazier’s and Freewill’s dad said, “We thought we were done, but God had other plans for us.” I replied, “Haha. I understand. You mentioned God. Are you a believer?” And he replied, “Yes. We are Christians.” And I replied, “I am too!” I asked, “Where do y’all go to church?” and he replied, “An Ethiopian church near 635 and 75.”
Jeffrey is a tall 6’4 father of three (4 yr old, 2 yr old, and a 2 week old baby!). My neck was a little strained after talking to him as I was trying to make eye contact… They live across the park near my house. And long story short is… I have a mutual friend with him from UT. We called our mutual friend and facetimed him at the park. Jeffrey and his wife are believers and are members of a church in Plano.
Please pray for the Gospel to be pushed forward. Pray for nonbelievers to become believers. Pray for believers to be passionate followers of Christ. Pray for my family and I to be WITHNESSes for Jesus.
Thank you church family and have a great day!