My mind was opened to a new idea when I began training as a small group leader in Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship as a young college student. The training manual talked about the various things that we should be working to make happen in our group: Bible study, prayer and fellowship, for example.
But the training emphasized another aspect of a true disciple of Jesus: outreach. Service to others and sharing the good news with people outside of our group is an essential part of what Jesus calls all of us to do. The internal faith that is nurtured in prayer and Bible study and fellowship with other Christians is only a part of a healthy life of faith.
If you are a Christian, you should be looking for ways to bless others in service and ministry. You should seek out opportunities to meet and serve people who are not believers. You should be praying for an opening, led by God’s Spirit, to talk about Jesus and what He means to you.
Matthew writes that Jesus’ words on that final day will be, “Whatever you did for the least of these, or whatever you didn’t do, you did or didn’t do for me.” Jesus gave His life for us. He identified with the poor, the foreigners, the outcasts. He wants us to identify with those in need and be there to help them, walk alongside them and to learn from them.
Have you measured your faithfulness by Bible reading, daily devotions and church attendance? Those are all important, but they are only a part of what makes us healthy Christians. If we are following Jesus, we will be sitting in the pew, but we will also be roaming the streets to see whom and how we can serve.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC