The man’s wife, a registered nurse, once fussed over every pain or mishap that came his way. Recently, however, he got an indication that the honeymoon was over. He was about to fix the attic fan, and as he lifted himself from the ladder in the attic, he scratched his forehead on a crossbeam. Crawling along, he picked up splinters in both hands, and cut one hand replacing the fan belt. On the way down the ladder, he missed the last two rungs and turned his ankle. When the man limped into the kitchen, his wife took one look and said, "Are those your good pants?"
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:18
Too often, we get familiar with an someone and we begin to take them for granted. We’re all guilty of this to different degrees, but as we grow in our faith in Christ and commitment to Him, this should improve. We have to get away from the shallow, “be praying for you,” and “love you,” and move on to love in action and truth. We sometimes worship with someone for years and never learn their name, much less learn how we can pray for them and encourage them and minister to them. You’re really missing a blessing if you settle for this kind of life. This past weekend we, as a church, had so many opportunities to fellowship and encourage. The Streets of Bethlehem brought hundreds of neighbors to our church, the purpose: to bring people to Christ. That is the goal or should be the goal of all we do. All of our ministry should be a blessing to our community, but if we stop there, we have fallen short. Inviting folks to church is awesome, but if it stops there, we’re just being social. So, get to know the people you worship with and ask the Lord Jesus to use you to reach your community and world for Jesus, loving in deed and in truth.