Connecting with outsiders

It can be difficult to engage with people who are often overlooked by society, yet Jesus did it, and so should we, shares Glenn Burris Jr.

Glenn Burris Jr.
Glenn Burris Jr.

I heard the story of a young man named Jordan who was stocking shelves for a grocery store when he noticed a kid named Jack staring at him.

Jack seemed mesmerized by what Jordan was doing. Jordan asked Jack if he wanted to help him stock the shelves. Jack jumped in, and for the next 30 minutes, they were a team. Jack’s dad stood back and watched, pleased with the young man’s engagement with his son.

Jack’s father said most people don’t know how to relate to his son, who is on the Autism spectrum. People often ignore Jack, his dad said, and some even intentionally avoid him.

Who in your life is ignored or avoided? With whom could you be connecting, noticing and engaging? Jesus regularly stepped into the world of others who were shunned, disregarded and even hated by society (Matt. 8:1-17).

Show the love of Jesus, and engage someone today.

Reflect + Pray

1. Who in your community might be overlooked, and how can your church help them? Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance, and that He would inspire your congregation to reach out to those who are often overlooked.

2. Ask the Lord to put on your heart someone you might engage personally, and ask Him to speak through you with love for that person.

3. Please pray for all NextGen counselors and leaders as they prepare to lead Foursquare summer camps and share the love of Jesus this summer.

4. Please lift up the prayer requests of Foursquare missionaries, and keep in mind the unreached people groups of the world.

Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.

is president of The Foursquare Church.
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