Each week, One Community Church presents the inspirational words of one of its partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Leslie White.The Word:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. . .” Matthew 28:19 (NASB)
Outreach has always been difficult for me. I usually like to warm up first with my evangelism; you know, get to know someone, build a relationship and let my lifestyle minister to others. I’ve always been nervous about sharing my faith due to concerns about how others may react to me when I share. So doing outreach where I had to talk to strangers was completely out of my comfort zone. After one outreach outing, I went home and thought about how it went. I considered if I was trying to self-select how God was using me. I began to wonder if I was only engaging with people I thought I had common ground with because we both had kids, were the same gender or ethnicity, or they seemed easily approachable. I started to realize that maybe I wasn’t really listening to God’s voice and ready to speak to those he had prepared for me to minister to. The next time I did outreach, I purposefully stepped outside of my comfort zone. It was exhilarating! It was like God was having a conversation with me, and showing me all the people he had lined up for me to talk to. After are all, people are people, and the lost are the lost. God wants us to make disciples of all nations. If we don’t venture past our comforts and see each other as God’s people we will miss out on His purpose for our lives.
When we think about doing outreach, are we seeing differences among ourselves and others where God sees none? Are we looking at others through God’s eyes and seeking ways to connect with all of His children who are in need?
Often times, we often engage with those who reflect commonalities in our backgrounds. This week, step outside of your comfort zone and take time to share God’s Word with someone, no matter where they are from or what they look like.
Jesus, You are the God of the world! Allow us to see Your children as You see them, and to reach out boldly across all dividing lines so that our earthly church can mirror Heaven. Amen.