I hope you see outreach as necessary and ongoing. A penciled sketch I saw recently illustrated a group of people standing in a church foyer. The words above the exit read, “You are now entering the mission field.” The caption under the drawing asked, “What if they never leave?”
It’s a striking reality more and more. Christians caught up in “church work” only existing with other Christians. Here’s an excerpt from last Sunday’s message,
“Personally, I like a balance of churched and non-churched people in my life. A) it’s a sign I’m doing my job as a Christ-follower; I should have some non-churched friends I am trying to reach for Christ, but most importantly B) this unique balance is vital for the health of the “air” I am giving out to everyone on a daily basis.
What I mean by balance is similar to how the air we breathe is balanced. Just one more ounce of oxygen and we’d burn with just one spark, but just one less and we’d suffocate! What you give out has the capacity to burn people up, or suffocate them. It’s not the words we say, as much as, the way we value and care for the people we interact with. We need a perfect blend in our words, love, care, action and deeds.
You need people, saved and unsaved, to have a pure mixture. Too many “church-only” people and we find we only share our God saved life with the already convinced; that’s a waste. However, too few and we will find we slip away from the faith in God that saved our life; that’s a tragedy.”
My personal prayer for you is that you experience firsthand outreach each and every week. There are too many opportunities all around us!