Americans tend to fill every waking moment with activity. With our full schedules it is difficult to find time to squeeze one more thing into our days.
When the opportunity comes our way to help and serve some one, it often comes at us as an inconvenience. It is interrupting our schedule. So we try to hurry through it so we can do a good deed and still check off everything on our to do lists.
Sadly, this leads people feeling more like an inconvenience or an afterthought rather than feeling truly loved.
To be different, Christians need to slow down and understand that one of the sacrifices that we make on behalf of God is the interruption of our schedules. By letting God disrupt our lives we are saying that His will is more important than our will. We are also saying that people matter more than our personal agendas.
Loving our neighbor can’t simply be blocked off on our schedules. These opportunities to love people will appear in our lives during inconvenient times, forcing us to choose between our agendas and God’s command.
For us to truly love people we need to sacrifice our time, our agendas, and our money to be present in the lives of other people.
This is how we can love our neighbors well.