Wednesday, November 09, 2011


There is a way to reach to friends and neighbors. There are ways one shouldn't. Many of us have experienced the "shouldn't" ways.

I noticed something today in study that might encourage a few as to how to reach one, a few, or several.

Become human.

Jesus didn't become religious. He was born of Mary; not as a scholar but as a human. Your first great attribute is to remember this point. It is where Jesus began.

A mistake we make at times is in trying to be inauthentic in our verbiage. I tried to learn the ropes of outreach by memorizing a scripted conversation that felt more like I was reading from a teleprompter.

Don't underestimate the simple truth that Jesus' first step in reaching to us was simply by becoming one of us. I Cor. 9:19-23 is the rare text which speaks of "winning" people. How is it accomplished? By becoming like the ones whom we are reaching, winning develops.

Be encouraged. Refrain from trying to be some thing or some one you are not. Be you...a human who loves God....and then say so.

The simple way to reach is to first be a person of God who grows into the role....that's what Jesus did.

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