Yesterday I was talking with one of my favorite people in the world, Tim Clark, and we were talking about his work with the young men and women from Tongue Point who have been attending our services as of late. Every Sunday after Church Tim and Teresa invite them to their house and they feed and love them.
I asked him how he was affording to feed them every week. (Imagine 15 hungry young adults and your refrigerator) His reply was, were getting by. This brought me back to another conversation I had this week with a young woman who was going to personally pay for her brothers friend to attend youth conference.
I love that people are so passionate about others knowing Christ and His love that they would sacrifice so much. I love their willingness to do whatever it takes that someone might be saved. But, no one individual can support any ministry to anyone. You will either run out of what you have to give, or burn out from giving so much. This is a lesson I have recently learned.
So my suggestion to both of these individuals was to go to their Life Group and allow them to participate in ministering to these people.
In speaking to Tim I made a statement that I believe sums up what our life groups ought to be about. (I hope you realize I did not know what I was saying until I said it)
Here is Life Group Philosophy 101 "Carry your responsibility, but share your opportunity"
Each one ought to do what they can to reach people for Jesus and love people for Jesus, but as I wrote earlier, no one person can bear this weight. But we can as a GROUP.
This is what I believe will create sustainable ministry. That we do our part, but allow others to join us on the Journey. This creates an atmosphere where people are able to give knowing someone has their back to help. It provides opportunity for others who may not have even known there was a need to be a vital part of meeting that need.
So this week, as we seek to love God and others..........
Carry Your Responsibility, but Share your Opportunity