“We spent every waking moment with Christians and all our efforts serving the ‘Already Convinced.’ We were so busy serving believers, in fact, that it never occurred to us to imagine a different way of not only doing church, but of doing life” (p. 15).
Has God ever “interrupted” your life? What were you doing when He did?
“I can hear Jesus’ crazy words making sense: ‘Love your enemies.’ It’s harder to hate a rich country that is feeding you, adopting your orphans, building schools in your villages, and caring for your sick. It’s harder to dismiss the idea of a redeeming Christ when His followers are pouring their lives out for the last and least. It’s harder to hate the Christian church when her members are flooding developing countries with resources and compassion” (p. 26).
What method of sheep-feeding are you most familiar and comfortable with?
Do you think most of us take issues of mercy and justice seriously enough? Why or why not?
“The truth is that in virtually every book in the Bible, God is screaming, begging, pleading, urging us to love mercy and justice, to feed the poor and the orphaned, to care for the last and least. It will not be enough to stand before Jesus one day and say, ‘Oh, were You serious about all that?’” (p. 19).
Reflect again on the statistics concerning the poor in the Interrupted member book (p. 22-23).
Do you spend your resources primarily on “you” or “them”? What is the balance supposed to be?