I was in a conversation with a new friend last night about “doing church.” We were discussing how Christians need to take “church” to their places of influence, the 14th floor of the Bell South building, the workroom at their school, etc. How once we truly see those around us, living everyday life as ones who are lost, who need Christ as that, we can truly make an impact. This jived up with some truths I’ve found in scripture lately about how Jesus always went TO the people. Sure crowds gathered, but it wasn’t because Jesus was being attractional, at least not intentionally! Jesus was a missional servant. He looked for people to help. He went TO them, not expecting them to come to the templw or to seek Him out. He didn’t make flashy signs or create a show to bring people to a tent to hear Jesus preached, He spoke through a general love of meeting needs and serving others.
As we were discussing these ideas, (and forgive me Jay if I totally chopped those thoughts!) I was convicted that those who I see hurting daily, the families of the preschool children that our church serves, is my area of influence. I need to pray for a love for those families that they can see genuine, authentic love from me.
I was reading in 1 Corinthians this morning and a verse jumped out at me, 1 Cor. 8:1b “But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.” I know this probably has some other context than what I got from it, but from that I had my thoughts reinforced that people don’t care about your Bible knowledge, (Satan know scripture), people don’t care if you’re church is great at music, people truly want to know that you as a Christian care about THEM.
Who is your group of influence that you need to pray for a genuine love for? Who can you roll up your sleeves and serve? What do you need to do to look beyond yourself and your own family?
When these questions are answered and Christians start showing a real love for others, and I’m talking about others not like themselves, then we will see the kingdom of God grow.