WE ARE SO EAGER to have folks busily engaged in the work of going and telling and doing that we fail to provide the needed preparatory time of experiencing grace and community. We rush to get new members connected through this committee or that task force as soon as possible, either in hopes of buoying up depleted ranks or in fear of losing the new ones out the back door. In some settings, folks are not even members when we sweep them into teaching Sunday school or serving on a mission board or . . . you get the picture. Perhaps you have even been the picture. We hurriedly involve people in calls and ministries, sometimes without allowing them to linger in the gift of come and see. How can we be spokespersons or exemplars of a faith that we have not taken the time to experience for ourselves?
Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus
From page 32 of Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus by John Indermark. Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
—Matthew 28:5-6, NRSV
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