Being Outside of the Christian Circle
I know, the title is confusing. Hear me out. It's important to get outside of the church circle, especially when you're making friends. I once had a friend tell me that he didn't plan on getting involved in anything other than church in college, and that didn't sit right with me. Don't get me wrong, getting involved with a body of believers in college is so important. Find your church family and dive in, you won't regret it, but get involved outside of the Christian circle.
We are called to make disciples, but how will you teach someone Jesus's name if they don't even know yours? Your campus, job, hometown, etc. are the most accessible mission fields that you will be placed in the midst of, but it's impossible to be a missionary without forming relationships first. If you stay in the Christian circle, you will be disobeying Christ himself. You can be in the world without being of the world. Get involved in your local government, hobby, career groups, etc. while staying involved in your Bible study group. You will likely make some of your best friends in all of these circles, but it's impossible to make disciples within the Christian circle.
Christ himself ate with sinners, but people today refuse to leave their Christian circle. Christian friends are so important, but non-Christian friends are just as important. You change lives by changing hearts, but this starts by loving the sinners. If Christians do not go into the world with light and love, the world will continue spiraling into sin. We are commanded to go "into all the world," not "into all the churches."
Why should we go into the world?
- God created it (Acts 17:24)
- God loved it (John 3:16)
If God created this world and loves its contents, why should his people hide in the shadows of the church?
It's important to look at the difference of being in the world and of the world. We are warned not to conform to this world in Romans 12:2, or become of this world (John 17:14-16). This is because conforming to the world would require us to flee from Christ and run into the arms of Satan. Becoming of this world and being a light in the world are two entirely different concepts. If Christians do not go into the world, disciples will not be made, souls will not be saved, and lives remain broken. If Christians become of this world, their life will become broken. Be a light in the world, not a partaker in the world.
Go into the world, proclaim the good news, and return to the church with your new friends beside of you. Get out of your Christian circle to expand your Christian circle.
Without Christian lights, those in the world will continue to live in darkness.
And he said to them,“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16: 15-16
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5: 14-16
It's time to shine your light and make disciples!