Before you can transport anything across a divide, you must establish a connection. Bridges span the gap over rivers, bays and canyons connecting cities and people. In the same way you can be a bridge builder, connecting people to the love of God.
Connection always precedes transportation. People will be more open to the information you’d like to share after you’ve established a trust connection. So how do you build the bridge?
Cultivate a heart of kindness – Kindness is the byproduct of knowing the immeasurable worth of an individual. You will never lay eyes on someone God doesn’t love. You will never meet a person Jesus didn’t die for. Kindness at its core accepts people just the way they are.
Specialize in acts of service – Nothing breaks down barriers better than acts of service.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very natureGod, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very natureof a servant… Philippians 2:5-7 NIV
Throw a party – One of the easiest ways to foster a connection is to extend an invitation. When Jesus called Matthew the tax collector to follow him, Matthew experienced grace, forgiveness and love he didn’t deserve. He felt acceptance and belonging. What did he do? He threw a party and invited his friends to meet the man who had invited him. (Luke 5:27-32)
We are throwing a party this weekend at Shoreline. Will you be a bridge builder? Invite the people you are connected with to make a connection with Jesus this Easter. The atmosphere of worship will surround them with peace. The love of God will warm them with belonging. The message of grace will welcome them with acceptance. Someone you care for is only an invitation away from a life-changing experience.
This is Part 2 of a series. Click here for Part 1 Lost People Matter