God is at work even beyond the four walls we call our church. Sometimes we miss the big picture of what God is doing or wants to do through us because we become single-minded in our ministry. Over the years I have observed churches become ministries unto themselves rather than outward focused ministries. One reason we create so many programs in our churches is often so we can meet the growing demands of people inside the church hollering to be serviced.
The Jesus model seems opposite of that. He teaches us to consider others better than ourselves and to think about the needs of others ahead of our own. Somehow I believe this is a better method of attractional evangelism. When we begin to invest our resources into other people, even at the expense of our own comforts or desires, I think we will see more of a lost world get excited about the Kingdom of God and ultimately be won to Christ. It is then we will say like the prophet Malachi: “You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the LORD-even beyond the borders of Israel!'” (Malachi 1:5)
God is good. Good is great…way beyond what we ever expected.
Used with permission from Ron Edmondson.