“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your friends only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors (Gentiles) do so? Matt 5:46-47
I believe this was the preparatory command to the disciples from Jesus in what they would have to do to in a few years; “Go therefore and make disciples…” Matt 28:19. It has been my experience at churches that discussions amongst church leaders was always about so and so in their congregations need to be more involved with “community outreach”. However, the pastors themselves idea of outreach is luncheons, dinners and anything that would keep them aligned with other pastors and church leaders. Never to the people themselves. The early apostles, as recorded in Acts 6:1-7, saw the need of helping the widows and orphans. They also saw delegating their authority as getting people involved. It worked very well. The results were incredible. Non-believers being helped by believers and the “outreach” results were that the unbelievers could see the ‘peace’ in the believers countenance and wanted to be like them.
C.S. Lewis wrote in his essay Lilie’s that Fester, that “it is taken as basic by all the culture of our age that whenever artist and audience lose touch, the fault must be wholly on the side of the audience”.
My point being is that if we are simply reminding other church members that their is a “pot-luck” on Sunday and do not invite those who do not know the Lord, “what reward have you”?