Isolation

The Christian life is one that is often lived out in unintentional isolation. We go to church, mid-week Bible study, and hopefully connect with fellow Christians. From that, we create our own little Christian bubbles filled with like-minded individuals. Now I think that it is great to attend church, Bible study, and get to know other believers. However, I think that we are isolating ourselves from those that we have been called to reach out to, those outside the church.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, – Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

Yesterday, I attended a meeting for a ministry that is seeking to teach a weekly Bible study at a local homeless shelter. The study would meet every week and would be taught by teams of two guys who would rotate with other teaching teams. The commitment is very low; the potential to share our lives with these guys is huge!

One of the requirements for being a part of this ministry is that you have to be willing to give your cell phone number to these guys. That way if one of them needs to talk or needs prayer, they can give you call. Now I have to admit that I was going along with the whole thing until giving out my cell phone number was mentioned. COMFORT ZONE ALERT! Which then made me ask myself a few questions:

  • What are my motives in wanting to do this homeless ministry?
  • Are they to further Christ’s kingdom or to maintain my false sense of cell phone number security?
  • Do I really want to live in communion/ open my life up to these guys, many of who are ex-cons?
  • Am I happy living in isolation and ignoring Christ’s Great Commission?
My wife and I read this morning, during our devotional time, about how Christ wants us to have open hands. Often though we clutch our hands together, holding onto something we don’t want to give up. We think that somehow we can do better holding onto whatever it is versus giving it to the Creator of the universe. I know that I need to see the bigger picture, to push past the comforts of isolation…I also know that I need Christ’s help to do so.
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