On Monday night, choir rehearsals began for the Christmas concert here in Lawrenceburg. The United Methodist church is hosting the rehearsals and Chelsea and I were able to join. I am really looking forward to being a part of this, since I love singing and it has been awhile since I've had an opportunity to be in a choir. But even more than that, I am excited for the time that I can spend with other people in the community, people who I wouldn't otherwise have an excuse to get to know. In the tenor section on the back row, I was sitting between two other pastors who serve in Lawrenceburg. We struggled with the music and made jokes because we couldn't sing. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better as well as becoming friends with a lot of the others who are singing in the choir this year.
When Jesus was on earth, He used friendship as a way to reach people. I think of His disciples; of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; and of all the others who went from place to place with Jesus. It's so easy to get into our own little comfortable bubble with our fellow church members that we forget that there are people outside of our walls who may need to learn more about the character of God through us. The Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well learned about a God who loved her even though He knew everything she had ever done. She became an evangelist to her friends and neighbors and the town invited Jesus to stay with them for several days. At the end of His time among them, "They said to the woman, 'Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world'" (John 4:42). Use Jesus' method! Find a way to spend time with people who aren't part of your church. Make friends with the purpose of revealing the loving character of God to them. Eternity alone will show the fruit of making friends.