Recently my wife, Cindy, and I were asked, “Can you call your neighbors by name?” The most basic meaning of the word “neighbor” is one who lives near or next to another, a fellow human. Cindy and I found out that, after living in our neighborhood for three years, we could name only the people who lived two doors down from us.
We live in a cul-de-sac where there are 11 houses and 27 people. I drive through my neighborhood daily to get to my office to develop strategies to expand the kingdom of God in our cities and region. But I rarely talk to my neighbors.
When a man asked Jesus to name the most important commandment in the law of Moses, this was His response: “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22:37-39, NLT). How can we love our neighbors if we don’t even know them?
— A portion of an article by Dan Mundt