Our heart for the lost wanes when we’re not consistently praying for and getting to know them.
It’s a problem for many of us. In fact, I contend that for most of us, the longer we’re in church and the higher we go up the Christian ladder, the more likely it is that we’re stuck in the Christian bubble. Beginning with me, we need to recognize some of the signs that we’ve insulated ourselves from a world we’re called to reach:
1. Most of our prayers are about Christians, not nonbelievers. For some of us, all of our prayers are focused on brothers and sisters in Christ. And, even as we pray for those believers, we focus more on their physical needs than their spiritual needs. I fear we simply don’t think much about others and their walk with God.
2. We can’t name five nonbelievers with whom we have a genuine relationship. I don’t mean superficial friendships; rather, I’m talking about real relationships built on God’s love which compels us to tell others about Jesus. Five is arbitrary, of course, but I trust you get my point.
3. We try our best to avoid any interaction with the world. I realize that’s almost impossible to do, and I grant there are good reasons not to put ourselves under ungodly influences—but some of us work so hard to escape nonbelievers that we offer no threat to the Enemy.
4. We don’t proactively pray by name for nonbelievers to know Christ. A generic, “Lord, save people who don’t know you” is hardly evidence of a godly burden for unbelievers. And, when we do pray for nonbelievers, I suspect it’s primarily in response to a prayer request more than it is a brokenness over lostness.
5. The only people we invite to church are other believers. When we generally hang out with only churchgoing people, they’re the ones we’ll invite to our church’s weekly services and special events. Because many folks are looking for a church home, that’s easy to do, actually.
6. We almost fear spending much time with nonbelievers. I understand this concern to some extent, especially for new believers or undiscipled believers who fear falling into previous sin patterns. On the other hand, the answer is not to shun the world; it’s to step into the lost world, arm-in-arm with other believers so we don’t do evangelism alone.
7. We never concern ourselves with whether our church is reaching nonbelievers. In fact, we might have grown comfortable with “transfer growth” (believers moving their membership between churches), and been lulled to sleep evangelistically.
I’ve already stated that I’m the first one who must check my life regarding the Christian bubble. Would you say a quick prayer for me to trust God’s Spirit to empower me and guide me back into a world that needs Jesus?
This article originally appeared on ChuckLawless.com and is reposted here by permission.