But when members of our congregation go to the state-run center for the mentally handicapped near us, we gain nothing but the joy of serving. Being a state-sponsored center, we’re not even allowed to invite them to church.
But they get to experience Jesus’ love through us. Love without agenda.
7. It Stretches Our Faith
When we work with unchurched people, we often hear unchurchy language and see less-than-holy behavior. (We see that in church, too. But it’s the kind we’re used to.)
They can ask us some pretty blunt questions about our faith. And we have to be ready to answer, listen and love them. No matter what.
8. It’s Humbling
Christians aren’t better people than non-Christians.
We all need Jesus. But we don’t always express that very well.
Sometimes, in our enthusiasm to share our faith, Christians come come across as … okay I’ll say it … we can be arrogant, rude, prideful know-it-alls. Arrogance is not a Christian virtue.
Yes, we have the answer. His name is Jesus.
But we don’t have all the answers.
Working alongside people toward a common goal is a great way to break us of that arrogance, without compromising our values.
There’s nothing any of us can do to make Jesus look better than he already is. But humility looks good on us. And it helps others see Jesus a little clearer.
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