It's a simple question really: do you know your neighbors? Do you know their names, anything personal about them or further so, their spiritual beliefs? As we kick off this new series, The Art of Neighboring, we're taking Jesus' commandment literally and challenging you to reach out and introduce yourself to your neighbors. This sounds elementary because it is. But it's an encouraging action to take to love like Jesus did.
When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was that summarized his teaching, he answered, "Love God with all your heat & love your neighbor as yourself." When you hear the word neighbor, especially in the Christian sense, it's easy to generalize it, taking it to mean "everyone". It does indeed mean everyone, but what would our community look like if we took Jesus literally and intentionally sought relationships with our actual neighbors? Let's find out.