One passage of scripture continued to rise to the surface. These words of challenge and encouragement seemed to simultaneously encapsulate our desire to work alongside our neighbors as well as God’s clear instructions for how that work could actually make an eternal difference. The passage is Isaiah 58:6-14, wherein God calls His people to a radical form of discipleship. While the people seek to practice their spirituality, or more particularly the act of fasting, solely for their own betterment, God’s strategic vision for their expression of faith is inherently relational, calling the people to take notice of and work to alleviate the suffering of others around them. For God, our faith and relationship to Him are their most powerful when they propel us into the lives of our neighbors as we work together for our mutual benefit in the Kingdom of God.