In the last post, we noted that being present is the first step to finding diversity outside of the church walls. We all know that the church walls are just a physical destination; they’re only a meeting place for a segment of the larger church. That is; we (Christians) are the church.
We don’t have to wait for our physical church to introduce diversity for us to start experiencing it.
Rather, we must take the necessary steps today to find diversity in every area of our lives. As such, we are introducing diversity into the church through our actions.
We talked about being present by opening up our eyes and acknowledging the diversity around us; now we must discuss taking action.
To put it another way, once we notice the diversity around us we must act immediately before we let ourselves or other spiritual factors talk us out of it.
We must not wait to express the love of God to others who are different from us. The reason for that is simple. The longer one waits to act on the will of God, the more probable it becomes that he or she will not do it at all.
Here’s a simple checklist to run through your mind when you experience a situation where you can encounter diversity outside of the church walls.
1. Say, “Lord, help.” Or any derivative of a prayer seeking help from the Holy Spirit.
2. Start walking to the individual. Your mind is screaming, “What are you doing?” at this present moment.
3. Say, “Hi,” and sit down and talk. Don’t make it weird. Just sit down and try to get to know the person.
4. If the situation calls for it, ask the person if they’d like prayer for anything.
5. Remember all the details of the conversation by writing it down and pray for that person more than once. Then, when you see the person again, ask about their situation or note something from your last conversation. Doing so shows you’re invested.
These are simple ways to interact with others who are different than you. What steps do you have to add? Share below or on Twitter @unityoneonline.