Do we take our communities for granted? What I mean is, do we truly know our communities or are we just guessing what they think, feel and need?
We live in very different and diverse communities. Touching our communities in one city, town or suburb may look completely different in another. However, it would be sad if we did not have a good look at the community, in which we live, work and play. Outreach is enhanced by our understanding of the people we are wanting to reach. Yes, we may know so very little, but I think of Acts 17:22-23. Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. (NIV)
Note that he walked around and looked carefully. What he learnt of the community, gave him a stepping-stone to talk to the people. Have we taken the time to consider and understand our communities, their passions, their need, their fears and their concerns? God is wanting us to connect with our communities! But how can that happen if we have never taken the time to do so? How can we see the needs if we are not looking? All of us can fall into the trap of saying I am too busy to get involved, but that does not sound like the response that Jesus would want us to have. Matt 9:36-38 NIV When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”.
Help us to look Lord
for we know that the compassion and the actions will follow,
when we truly see.
Rev. Rex Rigby