10. A healthy church welcomes strangers.
According to Acts 2:42-47, as the church met the needs of those around them, “the Lord added to their number daily.” Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 25:35:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
When we welcome in the hurting, the downtrodden, and the poor without expecting anything in return, it is like we are doing it for the Lord. And any church that welcomes Jesus is a healthy one.
Church can get messy. However, for churches that are willing to lay aside their own agendas and emulate the Acts Church example, the Lord will add to their number, making being a part of church truly a joy.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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