Tuesday Nov 18 Daily Interrupted Challenge:
Go to them.
We all have at least 1 friend that has fallen out of church or maybe hasn’t ever been to church. Today, let’s go to them instead of waiting for them to come to us. They might be a shut in, or angry at the last church they attended, or who knows what else – that part doesn’t matter. Today: Get in touch with them. Call them, text them, talk to them – ask them how they are doing. Let them know someone cares. You don’t even have to mention the word church. Just the fact that you are initiating conversation is a start. Build a relationship. Reach out and show some Jesus love today.
Don’t sit and wait on them to come to us. Go to them. Build a bridge, be a bridge.
My item: I’m going to call a lady that came into my life about a month ago. She has a faith background, but is overwhelmingly struggling to give up. I don’t know much about her story, but I know she’s in a dark place. I’m going to reach out and try to be available as an open ear – maybe ask her to join our ladies group that is meeting on Sunday night to get to know everyone.
There’s another lady that has fallen away from church for many years now. I’ve interacted with her on several occasions over the past 6 months, but not once have I told her how much I miss seeing her in church. I’m going to reach out to her as well this week, just let her know she is missed and loved.
And then – well, there’s this shut in elderly lady that hasn’t been to church in months. I wonder if anyone has called her or reached out? Why not me?
Obviously, there’s no short supply of people in my life that can be contacted.
How about you?
Day 23: Here Pretending To Be There
Today’s chapter sticks out in my mind in a HUGE way. I remember reading these statistics about the church for the first time and sitting in disbelief. I thought, “There’s no way it can be THAT bad!”
Ignorance is not bliss.
Now that I know the hard truth (and have known this reality for a while now since reading this), I’m determined to not be the one that sits and waits on people to come. I’m going to them.
Personally, this is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time. I’ve excused my duty of bringing others into the church because I’m so busy and have so many things to do at church – certainly God is OK with me not inviting as many people since I do SOOO much in the church, right?
How awful is that? I’m utterly ashamed.
I’m shaken in my core to never be the same.
This journey for me hasn’t just been about cleaning out my house of excess items and giving them to people in need. It hasn’t just been about realigning my finances in a proper way to put us in a better position to give more. It hasn’t just been about getting out and serving the homeless in our community. Yes, all of those things have been great and are changing me, little by little.
What this really is about for me and my family: interrupting the way we live our everyday lives to think about others and show the love of Jesus. The opportunities to show His love around us are endless. I want to take advantage of that every single day for the rest of my life.
I challenge you to read over the statistics about the church again – let it sink in. You won’t forget about them. They will get stuck in your mind as you walk in the door at your own church. And YES – your church may have an amazing outreach program that is attracting new people and winning souls in astounding ways – Praise the Lord! I just ask this: what are YOU doing to contribute? Are you going to those around you and helping bring them into the Kingdom of Heaven? Are you showing the love of Jesus in ways that builds bridges?
I have much room to improve, for sure.
What we need to dig up, recover, and find again is the life of the Kingdom and Jesus’ community…the church…It’s not anti-church; it’s pro-church. It’s about the type of church that Jesus would go to, the type he died to give flight to. (Interrupted pg 96)
I would love to hear what stood out to you in these statistics and what it stirs up inside of you – comment below and join the conversation!
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