HOW TO WIN “NEIGHBOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD
(by Joseph Aldrich, modified by Nick Costello)
MAKE THESE QUALITIES PART OF YOUR LIFE AND YOUR NON-CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORS WILL NOTICE!
You are the salt and light in your neighborhood. God has planted you there as His ambassador for His Kingdom. Your neighbors may not be listening to you, but they are watching you. They want to see what a Christian is like before they consider becoming one. The light of Christ shining through you will be visible in acts of compassion, service and love.
Remember, when associating with the lost, you were just like them once. What you see and hear from neighbors may not be wholesome, may be evil, like dirty jokes, pictures, movies, etc. Don’t be afraid to excuse yourself if need be. Resist the temptation to participate in anything questionable or which compromises your godly values. We should need to associate with the lost as Christ did, but we must be careful we don’t become like them by our involvement with them. The Bible warns us, “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor. 15:33) Your light will shine in their darkness. It may expose their sin to them, remind them of their shortcomings or that they haven’t been to church.