Curry Blake once said, “If your gospel isn’t touching others, it hasn’t touched you.” How true. How easy it is for us to get caught up in our Bible studies, Christian concerts, conferences, etc. and basically insulate ourselves from the very people Jesus sent us to reach. As a pastor, it is easy to focus too much on the sheep inside the fold instead of reaching out to the goats outside. After all, the sheep comb your wool, love your family, pray for you, and say, “Great sermon, Pastor.” The goats are often unfamiliar and send you angry emails blaming you for anything from the Iraq war to global warming.
Jesus has basically said, “Love God, love people.” (Mark 12:30-31) If you love God, you should love people. Do you love people who are without Christ? Be honest. Answer the following questions from Craig Groeschel’s terrific book It.
1. When is the last time you’ve had a lost person in your home? (The plumber who repaired your sink doesn’t count.)
2. How many meaningful conversations did you have with a non-Christian this week?
3. Who are the nonbelievers you prayed for today?