Last night we had a fabulous time with the kids getting out in our neighbourhood and joining in the Halloween festivities!
I know as a Christian sometimes we wonder whether it’s even ok to dress up like a zombie and go ask for lollies! And I totally get that and respect people’s views on that!
I guess as we’ve gone along we’ve realised the beauty in connecting with people, at all levels. We’re not scared of a few ghosts (especially when we worship the Holy Ghost!). Meeting our neighbours and people out on the streets and being a part of a community celebration, was such a special thing. It’s bringing joy and forming connection with our neighbours and community.
If we judge things just by the outward appearance we can sometimes miss the hidden pearl. There were many things in the Bible, Jesus did that seemed inappropriate to the Jewish faith (sitting alone with the woman by the well, allowing a woman to wash his feet with her hair, eating with the sinners, turning water into wine and the list goes on!) It clearly shows that Jesus loved people and he went beyond the confines of his faith to connect at their level and didn’t ask them to come up to His level first.
If we live too separate from the world (and even using that phrase makes me cringe) we can get caught up in the “it’s us and them” mindset and we can forget how to even connect with people on a normal level without starting it with some weird Christian “I’ll tell you about God” phrase. I’m all for street evangelism and I totally love all forms of it. But have we forgotten how to just genuinely love and connect with people and not make it an evangelism tick box or testimonial video?
How we live our life (the set of values we live by) will influence more then the words we say. One minute evangelism has its purpose, but life long relationship and connection is the purpose.
What if we simply connected with people around us (our neighbours, our work colleagues, the service person at the local petrol station) just because we want to be friendly and get to know them and stop seeing them as a ministry opportunity to get saved? Just maybe we’d influence a lot more people then we think.
I bet if Jesus was here he would have totally come trick and treating with us last night in His Ghost costume :) :)
Love Rach xx