The last two Sunday nights of “Missions on Our Doorstep” have been wonderful. We’ve been fed a lot of Biblical teaching confirming the need for ministering to our neighbors right here at home. BUT, boy, do my feet hurt! The Holy Spirit has been standing on my toes, trying to wake me up to what I need to be doing. I am so grateful to our Lord that He has saved me by grace, and I don’t have to rely on my works! But that doesn’t mean I am excused from doing what God wants me to do.
I love the fact that God has positioned our church in an area that has so many internationals and low-income families close by. Do you think our church’s planters and charter members had any idea what the demographics surrounding our church would look like? Probably not, but our God knew. And now we have work to do. I have work to do! I can’t sit back, be proud of belonging to a church that is working to meet the needs of our neighbors and do nothing myself. I need to be more open to what God is directing me to do . . . even if it means going completely out of my comfort zone!
Many of our “neighbors” don’t look a thing like us. Lots have skin color differences, some have pink and purple hair, others have tattoos all over and more piercings than you can imagine, and some have poor hygiene practices. Our neighbors may also sound very different from us, and even when trying to speak English, are hard to understand. Religious disparities may be one of the most challenging differences. Some are leery of Christians, due to what they have been taught. Others may not have any known contact with a Christian. Many are taught a “works” theology, instead of understanding and believing in our “saved by grace” truth.
I encourage you to come tonight to “Missions on Our Doorstep” as we welcome Raed, a pastor from the Middle East who will be sharing about what God is doing in his ministry area. After the service, we will have a time of fellowship and ice cream sundaes! Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes … in case the Holy Spirit decides to step on your toes, too.
Posted on Fri, July 13, 2018
by Kim Hayes