“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” – Matthew 22:37-39
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I’m writing today about the thought, “what does it really mean to love our neighbor as ourselves?” Boy, what a hefty command the Lord lays on us right here, can anyone truly say they love their neighbor as much as themselves? How exactly do you do that?
While I don’t have all the answers and I’m not a scholar, my eyes have been opened recently to a whole new perspective of this scripture. What if loving our neighbor as ourselves is not just offering help when they are in need (see Matthew 25), but going into every relationship with the attitude of “how can I add value to this person’s life and leave a positive impact?
What kind of person are you? Are you the type of person who asks, “what can you do for me?” or the kind of person who asks, “what can I do for you?” Unfortunately most people are, ‘what can you do for me’ people. They don’t take much interest in the needs, interests and goals of others, they just want to know how that person can benefit them, and that determines whether or not they want to keep any sort of relationship with that person. A ‘what can I do for you’ person is always looking for ways to pour into the lives of others, seeking their needs, best interests and considering their goals and dreams so that they can help them achieve them.
In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us, “if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” A ‘what can I do for you’ person is also an ‘I’ll go the second mile with you’ person. A person who will go above and beyond the minimum that is required, a person who is willing to sacrifice their own time and energy to see that someone else is benefited.
Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational speaker once said, “you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” That’s an awesome quote, reminds me of what Jesus says in Luke 6:38, “give, and it will be given to you.” We don’t often think of it that way. The way to accomplish your dreams and your goals in life is to be a giver, not a taker. Givers give and yet are satisfied. Takers take and are still empty. Nobody wants to have a relationship with someone who they feel is always taking from them, but someone who is giving, someone who is pouring into their life and adding value.
The way you get what you want in life is to help others get what they want. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you,” – Luke 6:38. Being a ‘what can I do for you’ person does not mean that you are going to just give and give until you are exhausted and have nothing left and nobody returning the favor. On the contrary, the Lord says that the more you give, the more you will receive. If you give a lot, you will see much return. If you give a little, you will see little return.
Last point, if you’re going to have any success, accomplish your dreams and make an impact with your life, you cannot do it alone. You must include others. Maybe that is going out of your way to help someone and going the second mile with them? Maybe that is finding someone who is interested in the same things that you are and asking them for help, or offering your help to someone who may not be willing to ask? Maybe that is being a mentor to someone? Shining the light of Jesus does not always mean quoting scripture while standing at a distance, get in the trenches with them and go the second mile.
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