If you are running a business, it is what is happening outside the business that matters.
You can make and stock all the widgets you like but if customers out there are not buying your widgets you will soon cease to exist.
In the church, it is just the opposite.
It is what is happening within the church family that matters.
Just before going to Calvary, Jesus went to an upper room, alone, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd and commerce, and gathered his closest friends together and washed their feet and broke bread (representing his body) and shared a common cup (representing his blood) and said these are for you. And then he gave them a new commandment, “This is how the world will know you are my disciples—that you love one another like I have loved you.”
Your community will take your charity, (and there is a place for that), but what will truly convince them that you are Christians is the radical over-the-top love you have for each others. When they see that they will come knocking on your door asking, “How can we be loved like that?”
The ONE THING for today: Figuring out what foot-washing-laying-down-your-life-for-one-another-love looks like is the key to making a lot of good things happen–both inside and outside your church.