Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.
When I search for God and his strength, I am looking to discover where he is the strongest. Well, Jesus tells us he is present strongest in those who have the greatest need.
35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
The presence of Jesus is strongest where the blessings of Jesus are needed.
Feeding and clothing those in need. Bringing a healing word to the sick, visiting those in prison.Christians may be involved in all of those things. But, there is something else Jesus instructs that only you, personally can do.
“I was a stranger and you invited me into your home.”
Another way of saying this is, “You didn’t know me and you invited me into your life.”
Who don’t you know that is close to you? Who don’t you know whom can invite into your life? Probably someone who is literally, “your neighbor.”
Let’s focus here. Most of us don’t know our neighbors. But, you are the only one who knows if someone is a stranger to you or not. You are the only one who can connect with this person in your life. This is another way of loving your neighbor.
Do you know the people who live around you? God is with them and inviting you to make them a part of your life.
“But, I don’t know my neighbors because they are never home. They live behind a big fence. They don’t speak English that well…”
OK, you have to start somewhere. A good place to start is to take a walk. As you are walking pray for the houses or apartments you walk by. “God bless the people in this house. God let your love shine on the people who come and go from this home today.”
Just walk and pray. Don’t try to get somebody to talk to you. Heaven forbid, don’t knock on their door. Just pray.
Now if for some reason your neighbor actually appears. or if someone else is walking in the same neighborhood, do this. Look at them, smile and say, “How you doing? Hi. Good Morning.”
OK. that’s enough. You start walking your neighborhood, praying silently for the people who live there, God will do the rest.
Walk in your neighborhood this week. Silently pray for people who live in the houses and apartments you pass. That’s it…