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?