Friday, November 9, 2007

Heads Up

Odds are very good that you can think of a member of your church family who is having a hard time. You have probably given yourself a bunch of really nice excuses about why you have not been more involved with them. To be honest, the two of you are just not that close. That is probably why you have been so distant around them at church. That person is out of your circle... and out of your comfort zone. You do not share common interests and they are way out of your age bracket.

Do not let that soul twist in the wind any longer. That is your brother or sister. Take the initiative and make the first move. Offer your comfort, your support, your talents, your wisdom, your prayers, your money, your encouragement... in Christian love. Give it all to them unconditionally in the name of Christ. Love them as Christ loves you. Specifically offer help and comfort to them as an unconditional gift. Connect them with others who are willing to help. Create a network of support around that person.

There are lurkers in our churches who are starving for real, intimate fellowship. They are always in the background. They feel alone. They are too scared to reach out. They no longer know what they believe. They are at the end of their rope. They feel their faith and patience weakening.

That individual is your responsibility. Your intervention will be the difference. Identify them. Help them. Do not let this one fall away.

1 comment:

Adam Roe said...

Great post, Mike. I know just who to go and see. Thanks for the reminder.