It is a word that is often said in ministry and one that unfortunately at times is said more than it is acted upon. However, to have the heart and pure motive to allow the Spirit to guide you in this direction of reaching others you have to do a heart check.
You have to inreach before you can outreach.
In James’ letter to the church, he focuses more on moral principles and tries to bring light to the dark topics that we will wrestle with in our lifetime. Prejudice, faith without good deeds, judging others, and controlling our tongues to highlight a few.
If we are not trying to reach out to others, it may indicate an inward focus. It may reveal that we sight our focus on ourselves and we reflect upon others as we would like to see them and miss seeing who they truly are. We will miss seeing them where we can help them most. It may be the very things that James speaks of that is placing a basket over our heart extinguishing our light.
We all may not be wired or our strengths may not line up to support an active role in an outreach ministry in your church but outreach goes far beyond an organized structure and mission.
It is being the light of Christ in every situation that you are in. Your home, the workplace, the ball field.
It is reaching out no matter what time of the day. No matter what the need.
The light is in us and we must lift the basket from covering our heart so that we can be that city on hilltop.
We need to reach in so you can reach out.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14-16)