Seeking

Over the past few weeks I have been bombarded with reminders that God is at work all over the place. ¬†Last night, I watched video of a church in North Carolina who has baptized about 2,000 people over the last 2 weekends. ¬†My heart swelled and eyes watered seeing the exhilhiration on people’s faces as they emerged from the water knowing they just publicly proclaimed that they were now God’s child. ¬†I’d also come across a simple tweet by another pastor that said “found people find people”. ¬†Both of these thing have me thinking “what am I doing to find people where they are at?” ¬†Do I care enough about the salvation of other people to begin a relationship with the person across the street, meeting them where they are at instead of just inviting them to a church service and making them come to where I am?

In conversations that I have with student pastors, one thing I ask them is “what are you intentionally doing to minister to the lost kids in town?” ¬†The answers I get have been really eye-opening. ¬†So many think that having their normal Wednesday night service and having their youth group students invite friends is all the outreach needed. ¬†Others go another step and have after-school programs at the church, or dodgeball games at the church, or 5th quarters at the church. ¬†All of things are great for what they are…I really do love them all. ¬†But I think we’ve missed the boat. ¬†We aren’t really meeting people where they are at. ¬†Once again, we are asking them to come to us. ¬†This is NOT what Jesus asked us to do, nor is it the example that He set for us. ¬†I can’t recall anywhere in the gospels where Jesus asked people to come to the temple so He could begin a relationship with them and tell them more about Himself. ¬†Jesus went to people’s homes, met them on the street, in trees, on rooftops to meet their needs. ¬†Where is the rooftop you need to go to?

We all need to be more intentional about starting relationships with “the lost”. ¬†In my reading today, I came across this sentence: ¬†”Seek opportunities to be there when unbelievers need help”. ¬†I want to be a person who does just that. ¬†Would you join me in finding ways to meet people where they are at? ¬†