Friday, January 17th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Helping Your Neighbors*
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, 'Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,'
When you have it with you...
Proverbs 3:27-28 (NKJV)
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8 (NASB)
We live in a land of personal space. We erect intentional boundaries. We attempt to evade eye contact. We plug our ears to the cries around us. We focus on screens instead of people. We text and tweet, instead of go and see.
We fence, gate and lock our communities. We build church walls and denominations. We divide into clubs, cliques, troops and gangs. We busy ourselves with work and errands. We overlook pilgrims and refugees. Segregation has morphed and expanded.
Clearly, God tells us to love our neighbors. But how can we love those we disregard?
Consider two stories told by Jesus: 1) The pains of hell tormenting the rich man who chose to ignore the beggar at his gates.** 2) The revealing of church hypocrisy by the Good Samaritan's compassion.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your neighbors are people around you, strangers you pass who need assistance, and the fans who watch your performance.
In this age of willful apathy and electronic self-absorption, when others are staring at cell phones, be the one who looks at your neighbors.
Your friendly face will be a surprise: a demonstration of God's regard. Your helping hand will be His Own Hand: an affirmation of His intent. When you act on behalf of others, those God puts on the path before you, God Himself will act on your behalf.
## Proverbs For Performers: Helping Your Neighbors (Part 17)*
* Other Bible Verses about neighbors: http://www.openbible.info/topics/neighbors
** The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16:19-31
*** The Parable of The Good Samaritan: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.