My Mom shared a story with me about how someone really showed a commitment to the welcome and fellowship. A recent convert sat in the meeting and raised her hand when 12 new individuals names were read into the congregation. None of the people were there.
After the meeting ended, she went to the Bishop and asked for the addresses and phone numbers of the newly welcomed individuals. The Bishop didn't understand why she would want their names and addresses. She said that during the meeting she made a commitment to welcome and to fellowship. She didn't know how she would accomplish that without having a way to contact these new individuals. The Bishop gave the information.
During the week that followed this woman with her roommate contacted and visited each person. The next Sunday 6 of the 12 were there to be fellow-shipped and welcomed.
This woman's example speaks volumes. She literally sought out all who were to be welcomed. I know that this act of acceptance is not limited to church congregations. This friendship can be extended any where to anyone - neighbors, people at the grocery store, school mates, basically anyone that surrounds us. Christ invites all to come to Him. He uses us to follow through on His invitation.
The invitation follow through does not need to be visit to everyone's home. It can be a smile, a pat on the back, a wave, or at times a plate of cookies and a listening ear.
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