Act 37: Seek Out by Mez McConnell
If we’re honest, as Christians it’s easy to develop blind spots for people who don’t fit our categories. One example is people who’ve left the faith. How often do we find ourselves being generous to those who don’t share in our beliefs any more? Find a way to make someone feel loved without holding back the truth of what we believe.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
(1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
Get coffee with an old friend who isn’t in church any more – and hang out with no strings attached.
Ask that person to tell their story, and just sit and listen.
Don’t shy away from talking about Jesus, even if it’s awkward.
What did I do?
When I initially read this I thought I didn’t know anyone who was a believer and had stopped going to church. Then I realised that we have friends we have spent a significant amount of time with recently who fit into this category (for want of a much better description!).
I’ve been talking to them a lot about Christianity, the church and it’s impact in individuals and societies. Open and honest conversations – it’s been wonderful.
I think all three options have been covered today. ✅
I today accepted a FB friend request from a former friend who I have not seen in over 20 years. They were a very good friend for about a decade but then messed up badly and not only did it hurt me deeply it cost me a lot of money (which I didn’t have). My family are surprised I’ve even acknowledged their request never mind accepted it. A polite message exchange has taken place. I am being cautious.
I don’t think it’s a specific @40acts challenge but doing Lent generously has urged me to accept the offered hand of friendship (with caution). It is a generous thing to do considering the history. Let’s hope God blesses this step of faith.