If you wanted to find unbelievers, would you know where to look? There are places they tend to gather…and places where they rarely gather. Do you know the difference?
Fortunately, Jesus did. And if we follow His example, we’ll find plenty of unbelievers who need His love.
Jesus was constantly surrounded by people, sometimes even huge crowds of them! And He met them in all sorts of places. In his book Why Christians Sin, J. K. Johnston shares some helpful observations about Jesus’ interactions with people in His day.
Christ met unbelievers where they were. He realized what many Christians today still don’t seem to understand. Cultivators have to get out in the field. According to one count, the Gospels record 132 contacts that Jesus had with people. Six were in the Temple, four in the synagogues, and 122 were out with the people in the mainstream of life.
We should take a page from Jesus’ playbook. If we want to find unbelievers, we need to go where they are. They probably aren’t hanging out in churches and “Christian coffee shops.” They are busy doing life – at ball fields, at Wal Marts, at movie theaters, and plenty of other places.
As obvious as it may sound, it’s still true: you won’t find what you’re looking for if you’re looking in the wrong place. To find unbelievers, we must get outside the church.
Why Christians Sin by J. K. Johnston. Discover House, 1992, Page 142.
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