Reaching Out

Pastor Ben Spitler

Mar 1, 2019

On the heels of last week’s Sunday morning message about spreading the Good News of Jesus in what we do in our everyday lives and in those organized ministries of the church, I was filling in for one of our guys and helping to supervise open gym basketball on Wednesday night.  I sat on the platform running the scoreboard and helping to keep things going for 30-35 young men playing ball in the Life Center, only several of whom attend services here at GCN!  Eli and JJ and Doc and the all the rest, each with their own story and each one someone for whom Christ died.  Thank God for the opportunities He’s giving us!
I got to thinking about the word “outreach.”  Depending on its use, it's either a noun or an adjective.  It’s an adjective in the last sentence of that previous paragraph.  We might use it as a noun and talk about our church’s “outreach.”  I like talking about “reaching out” better.  That’s like the verb form of outreach and it’s a reminder to me that in order to have an outreach (noun) or outreach ministries (adjective) you’ve got to do something—reach out.  I hope we all will!   In that same vein, come Sunday and find out about the only prayer request Jesus ever made that’s recorded in the Gospels.  
Until then, be encouraged by the fact that Jesus reached out to you!  As we approach the Lenten season the words of Isaiah 53:6 come to mind—
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

The Good Shepherd laid down His life for us.  The Good Shepherd went out searching for us when we were still lost and away from the fold.  The Good Shepherd reached out to us and found us!  And He walks with us and has promised never to leave us or forsake us!  That’s a reason to be happy on this Friday!  And that’s the reason we do the same for others.  God bless you out there today!

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