Jesus replied, “‘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.’” Matthew 22
Russell Hantz. A mean, controlling, man, some think. And, where did we meet him? On the reality show “Survivor.” Since the object of the game is to outplay, outwit, and outlast all your opponents, Russell might be seen as one of the show’s greatest players. He lied and manipulated others to do things to move him closer to the million dollar prize.
Survivor–outwit, outplay, outlast. that’s what you do in the survivor community. But that’s not what Jesus says is important. He says the two most important commandments are to love God…and love your neighbors as yourself. That’s not so easy, is it. We might not even know the names of our neighbors, much less love them. But Jesus expects us to live in a community that’s vastly different from “Survivor.”
Today as you walk out your front door and see your neighbor, think about what it might look like to “love your neighbor as yourself.” And consider how much better your community might be if we all did so.