ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ELLEN
This week I was reminded once again about why we should never give up on people.
Coming to Jesus is a process and many people will come and go several times before they stay.
But when people come to any believer’s gathering – it should be like a fishing pond for people who are looking to catch fish. We need to take advantage of these opportunities to reach out and love the people who visit our meetings.
Once somebody comes, we should try to be friendly, invite them for lunch, get their phone number and keep in touch. It’s ideal to try to visit them at their house, meet their family and just be friendly.
Somehow I started doing this when I was teaching Sunday school as a high schooler. It is actually very effective in showing love to a family.
- It’s important to follow up when people are missing on a Sunday morning. Maybe they are sick, need some prayer, or had a family crisis of some type.
- Just listening to people is a big deal and helps them feel like part of the family.
- Even sending messages is another easy act of kindness to do.
Take into consideration big transitions in life. For instance, getting married, death in the family, starting a new job, having a baby, etc. People may come and go at these points but a friendly touch from a believer goes a long way.
I visited a Vineyard after moving away seven years ago, and a young lady told me how much it meant to her as a new believer that I called her, sent messages and visited her along the way. She said it helped stabilize her faith and motivated her to do the same to others.
I have trained several greeters on Sundays in various places, and I always encourage them to welcome people no matter how long it has been since you have seen them. Make them feel like part of the family. Love them unconditionally and offer friendship to them.
In every place I have lived, I have seen this help people to re-engage into the family of God and keep going. Keep inviting them to social events and groups that will help them grow. Whenever possible, have someone visit them at home.
“Since God so loved us, let us also love one another.” I John 4:11
WHO IS GOD TELLING YOU TO REACH OUT TO AND WELCOME BACK INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD?
HOW SHOULD YOU RESPOND WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE RETURN TO A CHURCH MEETING AFTER A LONG TIME?