One of the amazing things I saw in Australia was the favor that God had given a small group of Christians. City officials, country prime ministers and many other prominent business people had embraced the help of the YWAM base.
It reminds me of the story in Acts 17:1-9.
Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. But other Jews were jealous…(Acts 17:4, 5 NIV)
The same words and actions caused one group to become friends and to be won over, and another group to turn to jealousy. Why? I think the group that became hostile were jealous of the fact that this small group of Christians had received favor from some prominent people of that region.
We so often expect people to be unresponsive to our acts of love and words of kindness. But I’m finding and am excited to discover even more, that there are people in our city who are going to respond favorably to me and to our church as we increasingly offer ourselves to our city.
No matter what political affiliation people are, no matter what beliefs we have, we all have one thing in common: we love our city and want the best for it. We might define differently what’s best for our city, but at the end of the day we have common ground to build relationship on. We don’t have to assume that people will reject us just because we are Christian or from a certain church. We can come without agendas and find out what others desire our city to become and see where there is common ground to build on.
Action: What are some ways that you can build common ground with people at work, with people in our city? I would love to hear your ideas.