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Some Challenges… P2

October 27, 2008

The next challenge I beileve we face as we attempt to reach people is “consecration without isolation”. Judah Smith talks about this concept in his book “Soul Seekers.” This idea is this: We are called to be set apart. But on the other hand, we are called to reach people and that means we have to be in their world.

This is a challenge that in my opinion the church and Christians did a poor job at for quiet sometime; now, however, the church seems to be feeling the urgency of a world that does not know Jesus Christ. In Proverbs 18:1, it says, “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire.” Isolation is centered on self, and we find ourselves falling into it because it is comfortable. It is comfortable to surround yourself with people that are “like” you. I challenge you, go beyond what you are used to, take a risk, step out of your comfort zone. If we never step out, or we never do anything that involves failure (like talking to someone just to get to know them), we stay in the same place and become the Christians that people outside of our belief system stereotype us to be.

The key is to be in their world but not let their thinking transform your life. Instead let your love for them transform theirs.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    October 28, 2008 12:39 am

    Hi Ben – Both these posts really hit the nail on the head. I find it much easier to do the “tasks” of being a Christian than really stepping out to be Jesus’ hands and feet to my community. It’s much easier to make 30 minutes a day space for Jesus than whatever space and investment is required to build genuine relationships with friends, neighbors and workmates. I agree that Jesus is calling His church to be genuine both with him and others, the good news is that it brings real blessing and it’s much easier than we think!

  2. 2twenty permalink
    October 28, 2008 7:01 pm

    Thanks Chris. I find it tough in find friends who are not in the church world anymore. This is something that I have to work hard at to stay in touch with the world around me. I am glad to hear that you are willing and think it’s easy to care for others in your world.

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