CONNECT WITH THE DISCONNECTED.
Too often we see a person who is drowning in life. Sometimes financially, sometimes emotionally, sometimes just overwhelmed by it all.
We throw out a flotation device, maybe a box of food.
A month later we see them barely holding on, and throw them something else to keep them afloat, maybe a "God bless you.."
Again we see them barely hanging on weeks later and we pay the water bill and head along our way.
If we are at sea and saw someone drowning, we wouldn't throw them a life preserver without a lifeline attached. We wouldn't sail on to our destination and them them alone in the middle of nowhere.
But we do it in the name of mercy and kindness all of the time. We give people a box of food and send them on their way. We help with a bill and invite them to church but never seem them until they are at the end of their rope. We say that we want to give people their privacy and don't want to invade their lives.
Fine! That doesn't mean that we don't pull them into our lives--our abundant and sacrificial lives that we have given to God.
The Body of Christ must connect with the disconnected.
Those who say they know Jesus and are still treading water alone, need to grab the lifeline and come back to the family of faith.