by Charles R. Swindoll
Christians have at least four areas of involvement to maintain with Christ through life:
• To maintain a close connection with our Lord, we think of Him as we make our plans, we pray, we explore the rich treasures of His Word.
• Our involvement with members of our family: Parents, children, relatives, mates . . . Christian or not—all of these people comprise our circle of close contact.
• Our involvement with other Christians: Usually, these people are selected from the church we attend. The number grows as we connect with others through areas of mutual interest. This becomes a major factor in our ability to cope with life on this planet, otherwise a lonely and discouraging pilgrimage.
• Our involvement with non-Christians: We work alongside them, do business with them, live near them, go to school next to them, and are usually entertained by them. Unfortunately, most Christians cut off all close ties with non-Christians within a few months after their salvation. Small wonder we find it difficult to share our faith with others.
Difficult though it may be to believe, there are Christian people who are out of touch and uninvolved in the town or city where you live. And also in the church where you worship. They need you. What's more, you need them.
Never forget, isolation is a potent killer.
Excerpted from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.