We need to make intentional relationships with people who do not follow Christ. This American society in particular (or at least the Seattle culture) is not open to people randomly coming up to you in a mall, or going door to door, or getting phone calls, or simply being “preached at”. No, this culture is not that easily reached. This culture is selfish, scared, and claims to be “open minded” but we are not. I’m not only talking about the secular people, I’m talking about the Christians too. Have we forgotten what it’s like to be on the outside of the Christian sphere? Have we lost touch with the real world? I think many of us have, including my self sometimes. My suggestion; make relationships with pre-Christians (I say pre-Christians because I know everyone is capable of knowing Christ), don’t do what is not God-honoring, but be there for them, serve them. Our culture is selfish; we must see what is in it for us.
Unless people see what is so amazing, what we claim is so great, why we live, they will never want to know and follow Christ. I speak from experience, I saw a changed life. I saw my best friend from preschool change, she had a new light about her, and she was excited and living for a purpose. I became curious, but I was very cautious, I had heard the horrible things churches can do to people, I didn’t want that to happen to me or to her. So, after nearly 6 or 7 months, I finally went to church with her, it was a little uncomfortable for me, but I stayed, because I had a relationship with her, and I was making new relationships with other people, who truly cared for me and still do to this day.
So, live a life which is unquestionable, you’ll be rewarded not only here on Earth, but by our God, our loving God. Live a life which sparks questions of hope in the people around you; make it your choice to honor God in all you do. By honoring God in everything you do, you not only serve him, and make him smile, you serve other people, and you show God’s love to them. Let the things which bother you, bother you no more, for they are unimportant in the whole scheme of things, look at the big picture, honor God, and you will not need to worry about such things.
You are the light of the world ? like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.