We have a super abundance of rabbits this summer. Each evening while walking the dog we are sure to see three or four. We probably miss seeing an equal amount because we have noticed the classic rabbit strategy for supposed safety. They freeze. Once they detect us they become garden statuary. Sometimes it works because I have seen my lab walk right by some without a glance.
I have noticed a similar strategy for Christians who apparently do not want to be seen. They freeze and blend into the environment. No one would know they are a Christian because they are not involved when others need assistance. They become invisible. They go to church but never volunteer for any outreach. Sometimes they arrive at church during the opening hymn and leave during the closing hymn. Don’t get me wrong. It’s great that they come. But it would be greater if they stayed long enough to meet others and just maybe see a need that fits their spiritual gift.
Ephesians 4:11 says, “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service.”
You might read that verse and think I’m not any of those. That might be true but it is also true that everyone can do something. It is a matter of creativity and watching. Maybe we need to subscribe to the local newspaper. Usually there are all manner of ideas written about that require local need. Perhaps we give to missions. That’s a good idea. But maybe our local community needs us just as much as someone in Africa. Then again we can be a rabbit and be invisible.
Written by Roger Bothwell on June 29, 2016
PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574