Take the Initiative

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Why not get to know a few new people at church this Sunday?

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" John 4:7, TNIV

Sunday mornings always seem so busy for me. We rush to get to church on time, and after the service, I usually need to talk to certain people about things related to ministries I’m involved in. The only time I’m relaxed is during the service, but I’m never really relaxed because I’m listening. Or I might be trying not to fall asleep—I have those days too.

Sunday mornings are sociable because I catch up with people I know, but I find I don’t greet newcomers. I have people to see and since we have a Bible study at our house about an hour after service ends, we’re usually hurrying to leave.

Also, I admit I’m not always sure who’s a newcomer and who’s been coming to church for a while. We don’t have a huge church, but it’s large enough that I don’t know everyone’s name, although their faces might look familiar.

Yet Jesus, in between turning water into wine and healing an officer’s son, took the time to talk to a Samaritan, a “fallen woman.” Jesus took the initiative and that moment changed the woman’s life forever.

I doubt anyone’s life will be so dramatically changed if I go up to talk to them at church, but you and I should be like Jesus here and take the initiative.

FAITH STEP: Do you greet newcomers at church? Even if they’re not newcomers, why not get to know a few new people this Sunday? Pray for God to guide you to people to greet.


Contributed by Camy Tang

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