How to Have Incredible Fellowship in Your Church, part 11
He left her. Left his 2 small kids, too. Hooked up with someone else. He left their house unfinished–their garage jam-packed with their stuff in moving boxes. He left with their back yard full of junk. He left her a run-down vehicle that needed lots of work. And he left her when she has severe back problems and an up-coming knee replacement. Then something unearthly happened…
A church in her community found out about her. A church who seeks out people to love. And this people loved her. They’ve spent hours upon hours at her house: finishing the unfinished, unpacking and cleaning out her garage, cleaning up the backyard, and fixing up her vehicle.
More than that, they loved her and her children.
She’s now part of a group of ladies who’ve been friends for a while. They quickly included her in their group–hitting Starbuck’s, hanging out together, etc.
She has friends. Real friends.
And it’s because someone took initiative in loving her. This is the 4th key ingredient of God’s agape that we have seen in 1 John 4.
Here’s verse 10:
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Do you see that? Like it? God didn’t wait for me to love Him before He willingly sent His Son to pay for my sins. He loved me first.
And we ought to love one another this way. Imagine a people–a church–who sees their purpose as seeking out those on the fringe and loving them.
It’s an Aggressive Approach
Purposefully seeking out someone and loving them in action right where they are. It’s aggressive. It takes initiative.
It’s following God in obedience.
And it’s quite unlike many churches today who are ingrown–who see themselves as the only ones in their community.
Churches who own the motto: “Church is for believers only.” And thus, they only pay attention to themselves.
I wonder…what motto would you make for your church?
Reply in the comment section below with a better motto for the Church.
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Whatever you do–take initiative. Love someone first.
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