Matthew 22:36-40 – “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. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
John Alexander, one-time president of InterVarsity, gave this piercing comment to a group of students, “What have you done this past year to make a helpful difference with a mile of your home?” We so often talk about the need for missions to reduce pain and suffering and bring the gospel all over the world but what about our own backyard? The truth is there are needy, helpless, suffering, friendless people within a mile of your doorstep, within walking distance, perhaps even right next door. What can you do right where you are? What are you doing right where you are? Let us take to heart what Jesus said to a man He had set free from demons, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you” (Mark 5:19). Look around you through the eyes of Jesus and you’re sure to find many lives to help and comfort – now GO!