“Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.” Proverbs 25:17 NLT
Being welcome is important, especially when it comes to ministering to people and sharing the gospel. We want to do all we can to cultivate gospel relationships with people, including our neighbors. But, as with many things, more is not always better, particularly when it comes to visiting your neighbors.
In His poem “Mending Wall” Robert Frost wrote that “good fences make good neighbors”. When it comes to neighbors there is a line between enough and too much.
It is better to leave with them wanting you more, than it is to stay until they want you to leave.
Our mission is to reach the lost for the kingdom but there comes a time when engagement becomes an irritant.
This week, be neighborly, but don’t wear out your welcome. And pray for the right timing to be a minister of the gospel.