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Found People Find People


Stole that title from a sermon this weekend. And here is where I'm going with this:

When Melissa and I struggled to have a baby, we went to doctors. They ran tests. They gave us a prognosis. Because we knew there was a problem.

Yet when Christ-followers fail to reproduce we do not usually fall at the feet of a spiritual mentor or set up a meeting with the elders. We might blame our lot in life on our current circumstances. We may treat our relationship with God as if it has its own separate sphere in 'our' world. We will get around to it eventually.

For some reason the unnatural-ness of Christ-followers NOT reproducing has faded. There is no stigma anymore for 'little-Christs' who don't pass on Jesus! There is a global epidemic of Christian infertility that threatens extinction. And we've been mostly blind to it.

That's not entirely true. We bemoan church attendance. We complain about weakening morals in America. We recognize there is a problem. But we refuse to accept that the answer is inside each of us. And we could toil long and see slow results. That's a tough pill to swallow.

The prognosis that Melissa and I got for reproduction was expensive medicines, painful changes, and a dash of science. We cheerfully and anxiously shouldered these burdens in the hopes that we could have a child.

"But I've never been discipled"

"I don't know enough"

"I barely have my own stuff together"

Before considering your limitations I would challenge you with the maxim that Found People, Find People. It's natural. If you are found in Jesus, no matter what your imperfections are, you have the capabilities to model Him for others around you.

You have the time and the resources to care for someone. You can look for opportunities to have an extended conversation that will at some point relate back to your faith. You have someone weaker in their faith that you can invest in right now. I know this to be true because it's the only thing that makes sense.

We were created to be found by God. And found people, find people.

If you've ever struggled with infertility you should read my wife's story that she wrote throughout our struggle Faith in the Midst


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