An absolutely powerful book from Max Lucado!Outlive Your Life an excellent read for all Christians, whether mature or young in the faith, we all need reminded of the example which Christ set before us, and how we are to try and live up to that perfect standard. The book outlines the many different ways we should be witnessing and caring for those in the world around us.
The book really brought to my attention the way in which small acts of compassion (which if we are honest, we very often avoid in the name of convenience) can impact on someone’s life, and lead to a great witness for God. For example, walking up to a homeless person, handing them a gospel tract and walking away because you don’t like the way they smell, may not be the most effective type of outreach. Or waiting in the school playground for your children and purposefully avoiding eye contact with the woman who you know (from local gossip) to be single mother with a difficult past; for fear of becoming too friendly with ‘that sort’ of person, you avoid her all together.
The potential for witnessing in these situations is enormous, but we need to get out of our comfort zone first. Imagine the difference it would make if you genuinely looked at that homeless man, and asked his name, where he was from and showed an interest in him (in the same way God showed an interest in us, that we really don’t deserve). Buy him a coffee and sandwich and gave him a gospel tract. This may cost us ten minutes of our time, and a few pounds out of our pockets, but lets face it, it the Lord Jesus Christ (creator of heaven and earth and all things within them) was able to make time for this, I think we can too! Imagine going over to that single mother in the playground, having a good, genuine conversation and asking her and her child to your house for dinner some night. Can you imagine the opportunities for witnessing that could be presented in this situation?
There are many more suggestions of how we can ‘out live our life’ in this book, and I would thoroughly recommend it!
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