Over the last number of weeks, we have been considering the challenge from the book unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. They are seeking to study the negative images that people have of Christians today. One area is that people do not find Christians caring about those outside. Paul wrote to a fellow preacher - Titus - and gave him many instructions as to how a pastor and church should work. In chapter 3, Paul is addressing the importance of good works. Not for the sake of getting saved (3:5), but because we ave been saved. In Chapter 3, verse 2 he makes the statement that we are "to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men."
Why? To reach those outside of the family. He reminds us that "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another" (3:3). We were like the pagans around us. We are like the pagans around us - except we have God's grace and Spirit. We can reach more with honey than with sandpaper.
Today - humbly reach out and touch someone in need. Establish a climate of peace. Draw them into a desire to know what it is you have.
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