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Jesus Wasn't a Homebody

I was thinking today about how to reach out to more people and for them to know that our church is here for them. We have wonderful events at our church, don’t get me wrong. We have picnics, yard sales, even National Night Out events for the last two years. So, I’m thinking how to reach out…reach out… reach…out… Then it hit me. We have great things happening at church, but if you don’t come to our church, how are you going to know? That’s when it dawned on me, Jesus wasn’t a homebody. Jesus travelled always. He didn’t stay in one place and expect his word to just make to everyone by just what others said on his behalf. Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

 
Really, he had many disciples and followers and yet he himself went across the waters and the land. Even when faced with peril. Look what happened when Jesus went to Bethany. So if we are to be like our Father and do as our Savior says, why do we act as if there is a ball and chain connected to our church doors and ankles? We wear that 50 foot chain and reach out as far as it will go. Is that enough? We’ve been delving into Acts and studying his first preachings after being changed by Jesus. He went from place to place, without planes, trains or automobiles. For every good deed he did for Christ, it seems prison and threat of death was never far behind. He was even heckled by demon possessed girls and jealous leaders. Yet, he kept going, mostly in the night and in a basket, but he never stopped reaching out. Sometimes we can see people outside of that reach, but fear to use the key God gave us to unlock ourselves and run to touch another soul that needs a Savior.
 
Yes, God wants us to worship Him in the house of the Lord; yes he wants us to fellowship with other like-minded people. What in Jesus’ teaching or acts suggest that we fellowship with only other saved folks and pray from afar that the unfortunate souls who haven’t been blessed enough to know Him yet. I truly believed that it warmed God’s heart to see his children going out and spreading the word. I imagine He rejoices as much as we do when His children reach out and that in turns snatches another soul from the pits of fire! Do you think that we as Christians now days have become complacent? Do you think we can do more for God?