Over the past few weeks,
I’ve had unique opportunities to connect with people who are not plugged in to a church. Some do not even have a faith background. Our conversations ranged from everyday life things to some of the difficulties of the Christmas season.
Yet in just about each encounter, I’ve noticed a hunger for God. Here’s some of the comments:
“I recently lost my father, and coming closer to faith has helped me cope with these hard times, and with God Himself.”
“I’m starting to find that there is peace and hope in the Christian faith.”
“Getting in touch with God is helping me find hope, gain strength, be uplifted and find inspiration.”
“I find myself in a better mood when I get closer to God.”
Again these are people who aren’t plugged in, but Jesus did say the harvest is plentiful.
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.'”
I’ve been guilty in the past of thinking that all Christians are plugged in to a local church. But long before the events of 2020, God showed me that this isn’t true. Now the number of unplugged Christians is even higher coming out of the quarantines.
Yet it is so important for the Christian to be connected to the body of Christ. Not just for that person, but for the rest of the body!
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
Maybe there is a friend or family member that comes to mind for you right now. They believe, but just haven’t been connected for a while.
Remember, people are hungry. The world is looking for lasting peace and joy. We know Who that comes from.
And I believe that hunger for God stretches beyond unplugged Christians. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has placed eternity in the heart of man.
There are thousands around you and I everyday that don’t know Christ. In fact, maybe there’s someone next to you at work right now as you’re reading this, that has never heard the Gospel.
People are hungry for the Gospel, even if they do not yet know it, or won’t admit it.
You and I have such a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility (Matthew 28:19) this time of year. Other than maybe Easter, Christmas tends to be the time of year where people are most open to faith, and even attending a church service.
At LifePoint Church, we are excited to be hosting a special candlelit service on Christmas Eve at 5PM. Would you pray that this service would bear tremendous fruit for the Kingdom of God?
People are hungry for the salvation that Jesus Christ offers.
So maybe it is a friend who believes but hasn’t been to church in a long time, maybe it is a co-worker who is open to Christianity but has never professed faith, or maybe it is an atheist.
My question to you is this: who will you invite to our Christmas Eve service? You may be very surprised who will say yes to joining you.
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