But what do I do?
It's a great question, especially for folks who tend to be thoughtful and for traditions that have robust intellectual underpinnings (like Presbyterianism). A while back, when I was rolling out the vision for Christ Covenant, I suggested that we all be about 3 in-habits. They're in-habits because they all start with "in", are habits you can learn to do without thinking, and well, because it's catchy to call them "in-habits." They are:
- Introduce - Develop the habit of introducing two things. Get in the habit of introducing yourself. Whenever two people meet, it's because one of them had the guts to make an introduction Be that person. Make it a competition to introduce yourself to new people before they can introduce themselves to you. Secondly, learn to introduce people to Christ. This is as simple as learning to tell your testimony or asking someone their spiritual background.
- Invite - The second in-habit also has two parts. Invite people to your church. After all, what is the worst that can happen? They say no? Big deal. They could also say yes. The number one reason people find themselves a part of a local church is because someone invited them to a worship service. Secondly, invite people into your life and home. Let folks know that you want to spend time with them. Don't wait for someone to invite you or for the church to plan an event or start a new ministry, invite people to spend time with you.
- Invest - The last in-habit is to invest. And you guessed it, there are two parts to this one too. First, invest in your community. Be present where you are and work for the betterment of your culture. Your community might be as small as your family or immediate friends and it certainly extends as large as your city, town, or county. Secondly, invest in your church. Where are you giving back to Christ Covenant? They say 20% of the people do 80% of the work in a typical church. Where do you find yourself?
I encourage you to pick one of the habits above and begin to cultivate it as you live out the gospel in Culpeper and beyond.
I'm looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday (along with the people you invite).