One of the oddities of our day, or maybe every era, is that genuine Christians never seem to rise to the occasion. We wait to see what happens before we respond or step in. To my way of thinking we need to step up our game. We need to be leaders within our culture and community, not waiting to see how things go and then reacting.
One of the causes of this is that we are too wrapped up in church work. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, but if it keeps us from our primary mission of drawing people to Christ then something is seriously wrong. We create a comfortable confined faith imprisoning ourselves from the world out there. I never saw Jesus draw that us/them dichotomy.
In the world, but not of it. Remember?
So…, how do we step up our game? Some thoughts—
Start by cutting back. You are probably excessively frantic & over-committed. [Aren’t we all?] You will never be able to have an effect on your surrounding community unless you make time for them— and that means cutting.
Listen to people around you; friends, neighbors, work associates, waitresses. Learn from them. It may take a while before they open their lives to you, but there will come a time when you become a safe person for them. Wait for it. Wait for it.
Up your silence before the Lord. Listen more before him than you ask for things. ‘Nough said.
Find someone with a common mind and heart to yours; someone who shares your passion for this world and the people in it. Meet often. Talk about your discouragements too.
Never forget that our Adversary prowls about like a roaring lion who wants to eat you up. [1 Peter 5:8]
Finally, stick to it; stay committed. It is too easy to become distracted and exhausted when our Lord calls you to make a difference.
There will always be challenges-to-complacency in life. Don’t give in to the illusion of safety.
Honor God, honor people…, make a difference,