This last Friday night we talked about who Jesus is in relation to how we live. This week our discussion was most specifically about obedience as it relates to other people. Do we notice the people around us?
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. -1 John 2:6
One discussion piece for this came from Matthew West’s song “My Own Little World” which asks each of us to consider if there is more going on at any given moment in our life. Jesus lived with intention and interacted with people the same way. We need to walk as He walked.
One day this last summer we went for a walk and a dog followed us home. It was not my dog and I had no reason to be concerned with this dog. It was obviously someone’s well-loved dog. I had never seen the dog out before so I knew I did not know where it belonged. We were walking down the road with our children and the dog really liked us. We made a couple of attempts to leave the dog at the home address written on the collar. We then knocked on the door of the house and got no answer. I then called the phone number on the collar and got not answer. How far do I need to go with this? We were concerned because it was a little dog and we were close to a busy road. The dog kept running toward the busy road and we did not want to see it get hit by a car. It was at this point that I called the police department to get some advice. They put me on hold. While I was on hold a woman came running up the road frantically. It was obviously the dog’s owner. There was a very happy reunion with the owner and we all went on with our day.
As simple as that interaction was, I think it matters. If we are about being intentional with people, it will mean responding to things like that with love. It will mean looking people in the eye and assisting them at times when you are in a hurry. It is at those moments when we find that we are not just blessing others but we are also being blessed as well.
This is obedience to the mission Jesus christ has for us. It makes us look outward instead of in.
Perhaps a prayer that we can pray each morning would say something like this: “Please open our eyes to the people around us who you have placed in our path to share our love with today. Help us slow down and notice the people you want us to be intentional with today. Amen.”