Sometimes we as Christ followers get somewhat introverted. We don’t mean to, maybe we just get busy. Or comfortable.
Whatever excuse we want to use, many times we can be guilty of only spending time with those people who are like us and we enjoy being around. We just spend time with other Christians. If we do spend time with other people, we think we have to try and “convert” those that don’t have a relationship with Christ.
While it’s our responsibility as Christians to tell everyone about Christ, what do you suppose would happen if Christ followers instead went out into their neighborhoods and loved people, inviting them over for an afternoon of fun, with no Bible reading or even a presentation of the Gospel? (The opportunity for telling someone about Jesus will usually always come up, but I promise you it’s never immediately after you say, “Hello, my name is _____ … “
Summertime is fast approaching, and with the warm weather comes the opportunity to reach out to those in your neighborhood. As the weather warms up, people will be out walking the dog, mowing their yard, sitting on their porch and just enjoying the outdoors. This can be the summer that you get to know your neighbors, and let them see Christ’s love through you. Here are 10 ways that you can reach out to your neighbors this summer:
10 Ways To Reach Out Your Neighbors This Summer:
1. See if they need any help with yard work.
People could always use help in their yard. Nothing says love like mowing someone’s yard “just because.”
2. Host a block party and invite all your neighbors.
You’d be surprised how many people would come over and hang out in your yard if you invited them. Fire up the grill, get some cold drinks, and people will gather.
3. Invite the neighbors over for dinner.
Trust me … this sounds awkward, but it’s not. In our society today, people want to belong. They will be flattered to receive a sincere invitation to have dinner.
4. Take them some homemade snacks from you and your family.
People will see you care when you take a tray of cookies of snacks over to their doorstep. It shows you genuinely care about them, and took time to bake something for them. (Remember when Grandma would show up with cookies she baked? Yeah, it’s that feeling.)