Our society, thus each individual component of our society, when people work together for years and never come to know one another; when we know more about what is going on in Iraq, Iran, South Korea, or any number of other geographical areas than what is happening in the next block, in many instances, or even at our next door neighbor's house. We live in a society where people can live in apartments and condominiums for years without ever saying "Hello." to those we pass on a daily basis in the building's elevator or hallways. In a social climate of that ilk it is so terribly easy to set our boundaries to a size of our own homes or our own agendas. That is self-centeredness to the maximum.
If we would follow Christ, walk in His footsteps, each of us has a responsibility to take care of the others, whom ever - where ever they might be, as well as we take care of ourselves. Unless we can achieve that step, that goal, we cannot begin to grow to fullness. In point of fact, we can never begin to grow to fullness in Christ unless we have learned to carry someone else. That is the paradox, the beauty, of walking in His footsteps that we must first learn to care for, carry the burden of, another before we can grow in His teachings, in Him. Think about that. There is no wiggle room. It is all, or nothing.
To truly follow Christ, we must live as He lived; to pour ourselves out for others, to give wholly and completely of ourselves without holding back as we learn in the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts. The question is not whether that which we give is sufficient or not. The question is simply whether we give as He taught us, giving away all of that we have beyond that which it takes to lead a life of simplicity. Sharing, real sharing unconditionally, from the depths of the heart. Then and only then can we know we are on the same exact path on which He walked when last amongst us.