If you are looking to remedy this unfortunate situation, take out a sheet of paper and “map” all your relationships by name. Categorize them on the paper as “relatives”, “friends”, and “associates/acquaintances.” Most will be the people where you live, work, and play. List everyone by name. Then ask, “With whom among these people is God working?” Tag them. Then make a commitment to pray daily for them. Ask God to continue to draw them to Himself. Also ask God to give you a heart of compassion for them. Then ask the Lord if, how, and when you should become more involved in their lives to influence them spiritually.
To significantly affect the lost among consider this:
|-10 ----------------||-------- 0 --------||---------------- +10|
|(No interest in Christ)||(Neutral)||(Total commitment to Christ)|
”Later, when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew's house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus' followers. "What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riff-raff?" Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." (Matt. 9:10-13 Msg.)
Ultimately it boils down to a question as to whom we choose to offend: God, for our failing to obey his injunction to fish for men (Matt. 4:19), or our Christian friends who may not understand our involvement among the lost. Given the choice, I’ll choose to offend the latter. How about you?
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
R. Dwight Hill
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