Insiders: Doing Something Beyond Your Comfort Zone


Do you ever think about how much of what we do is aimed at insiders?

I’m not sure why, but recently I’m struck by how my “church stuff” resembles a closed circle. It just doesn’t seem like I’m doing much to turn that circle into more of a spiral that reaches out and makes Jesus a bit more relevant to the daily lives of folks in my community.

Most of the folks who read this blog are followers of Jesus. Same with my books. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but I wonder if I’m just taking the easy route. Folks who already know about Him are generally a pretty receptive audience. We can create some nice warm-fuzzies by huddling up with the home team.

But, to abuse the sports metaphor, I’m feeling as if I spend a lot of time in the comfort and safety of the locker room. Bible studies, small groups, worship services—they seem to me like the preparation, the practices, and the intra-squad scrimmages.

I need that continuing preparation, but at some point I need to do something beyond the home team. I need to play the game, and I’m realizing I don’t really know what that means. I guess this week’s as good as any to begin figuring it out.

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