A friend told me she grew up in a home that didn’t know God. The only time she was ever inside a church was for a wedding or funeral. Consequently, churches were mysterious and intimidating.
After she married she noticed her neighbors leaving for church on Sunday mornings carrying their Bibles. She used to think, “If those people were real Christians, they’d invite me.”
Why didn’t they invite her? Do we invite our neighbors? Do we believe our neighbors would be interested? How do we know unless we ask?
Churches often have special holiday programs. We might make it an event! Pray about who to invite and consider inviting them to your home afterward for pie and ice cream.
There are countless ways to reach out in love. When at church and we notice someone new, we might introduce ourselves and welcome them. If they have a small child, we give that child some attention. We get down at the child’s level and speak to him. We ask him about his school or his pets. Children will respond and the parents will appreciate it.
We help when we see someone in need. We listen. We don’t gossip. We are there for them. We rejoice at their blessings and we cry with them when they’re sad.
We sit with them in the waiting room while their loved one undergoes surgery–they should not have to sit alone. We pray for them and we pray with them. If their loved one passes, we do not send a card listing all the Bible verses encouraging them to rejoice that their loved one is in heaven. They don’t want to rejoice. They want to cry and they want someone to cry with them. We need to be sensitive to where they are.
We give them time. When it’s Thanksgiving we invite someone who is alone. We might introduce them to a new friend. If a friend is engaged to be married we give a shower. If someone else gives the shower, we offer to help. When we attend a wedding we don’t leave until after the wedding cake is served.
Reaching out in love is simply about the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.
- A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. Ephesians 6:18
- Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13
- Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
- SONG: ONE BUSINESS IN LIFE – by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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