This article originally published in the March 2009 issue of groundswell.

Rice.  A tasty little piece of goodness.  Alone, it’s pretty lame.  But serving it next to beef broccoli, or teriyaki chicken or add some veggies, and you get a tasty concoction.

Brown rice.  White rice.  Short grain or wild.  Take your pick.  It’s all good.

Evangelism is like rice.  If you go to the world proclaiming a distant Jesus as part of ritualized religion, well, that’s just lame.

But if instead we serve Jesus aside the relationship He desires, the future He’s planned, the love of His heart, and a life transformed, suddenly people crave to know the tasty goodness of the Christian life.

O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” –Psalm 34:8

But we fear vulnerability.  To share the intimacy of a life lived iwth Christ opens curtains to areas once hidden.

Yet the ability and safety to be vulnerable in Christ remains the deep desire of the human heart.  If we fear showing that to others, we cloud the true picture of Christ.

Be vulnerable.  Share with others the preciousness of your relationship with Him.  Add the personal touch, and people will see that the God of the universe loves them too.

photo by poohsayhi

Throwbacks are all about bringing in previously-published articles.  These articles appeared back when groundswell was published in the form of an email newsletter.  The photos are newly added to the blog.

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