We are called to be “holy”—Christ-followers who are different than the world around us. Yet if this wonderful difference is only experienced among fellow believers—in the holy huddle—a hope-needy world will never experience the life-giving difference of Christ. We need to boldly move into friendships with not-yet-believing people.
Remember the two foundational ideas for the Gospel to move out of our lives and into those who don’t yet know Jesus?
- Live among—presence.
- Live differently—holiness.
Speaking to His Father about His disciples, Jesus said, “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world” (John 17:15–18).
The Good News of Christ will spread naturally in our world only if we are friends with and walk alongside those who don’t yet know Christ. Make a list: Who are the not-yet-believing people God has placed right around you? How can you move toward them relationally or get to know them better?