November 2019

Churches frequently encourage their members to reach out to others and invite them to visit their church on Sunday morning.  Sometimes this happens–but a lot of times this encouragement simply goes in one ear and out the other. People are really busy today and (I know this sounds bad but) we really don’t have the time to care about others and show interest in them.  Now, it would be different if there were some big need that was obvious to all like a car with a flat tire or a tree that fell on a house. We wouldn’t hesitate to jump in and lend a hand in order to help someone. But when the need is not so obvious  (as is the case most of the time when it comes to spiritual needs) we tend to just go our merry way and pretend that all is well.  We probably walk past people every day who are either dead spiritually (non-Christians) or are drying up on the vine spiritually because they are not growing;  we are oblivious to their needs and pass up opportunities to minister to them. We could ask them questions that might clue us in to where they are spiritually and perhaps expose their needs,  but then we would feel obligated to do something to help them and feel guilty if we don’t. Most people prefer to live by that old adage “ignorance is bliss”  It’s a lot safer; it’s probably one of the best ways to guard your precious time. But is this how God wants us to live our lives? Moreover, I wonder where you would be today if someone had not  taken the time to show an interest in you and address your spiritual needs? So the question is this: “Is your crazy, hectic schedule keeping you from doing the work God has called you to do?” If so, maybe it’s time to revisit and revamp your schedule in accordance with God’s values and priorities.


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