I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. (Rom. 1:14)

IT IS EASY TO HOLE OURSELVES up in Christian communities and encourage only each other. Human nature leads us to gather with those who are like us ethnically, geographically, and religiously. We enjoy being with those who have similar interests and characteristics to us.

Of course there are some who feel called to reach out beyond their comfort zones and minister to strangers. This can place them at risk. Such missionaries can begin to feel isolated and lonely, which allows the Devil to chip away at that person’s faith. They may minimize the importance of fellowshipping with believers, who would bolster them through prayer. Soon, they might question their calling and wonder if they are doing any good to advance the kingdom.

We can all learn from Paul’s example. He prayed and guided his congregations, and preached to the unchurched. In both cases, he relied on the fellowship and prayers of other believers. He had one foot planted in the world and the other planted in the body of Christ. Prayer enabled him to keep his balance.

God calls us to reach out to the people in the next pew as well as to strangers. We must be open to sharing His love at all times and must realize we, too, need that love shared with us. We are not meant to go it alone; we need one another.

Ask someone to pray for you today.

Julie B. Cosgrove is a widowed Christian author and speaker who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is involved with women’s and outreach ministries.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.