The Cost Of Being A Blessing

Disused National petrol station.

Disused National petrol station by Peter M Dean on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Methodist minister Graham Peacock links to a beautiful story about a Pakistani man whose business was effectively closed off by roadworks, but who was rescued by a local church urging its members to buy their petrol from him. This is a simple example of Christians blessing the community, but Graham raises issues around the cost of being such a blessing:

* If you just commute to a church you like several miles away, your impact on the local community will be lessened.

* To sustain a consistent attitude of blessing the community requires that Christians are more than just nice to each other – we need to build one another up.

* Our wallet will be affected.

* We need to ‘expand our family’.

* We need to know the local community.

Read Graham’s article and see what you think. Are we willing to pay a cost in order to bless our communities, as God undoubtedly wants us to?


One thought on “The Cost Of Being A Blessing

  1. My wife and I have struggled with this a great deal. Our community is one of the poorest cities in the Chicago area. Coupling that with a unique setting where we do most of our shopping at the Navy base, and it’s a bit of a mess. We also go to church in a neighboring city (a bit embarrassed by that actually). In the end, it’s something I struggle with and I’m not sure I have a good answer. I’ll check out the other blog and see if I can think through some things.

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