“Out of the box” is an expression that describes creative thinking. Jesus Christ got out of the box to reach the lost. Do you have the mind of Christ?
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross?” (Phil. 2:5-8).
Christ performed Sabbath miracles in the regular course of doing the works of the God the Father: Jesus healed a lame man by the pool of Bethesda (St. John 5:1-18), Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (St. Mark 1:29-31), Jesus healed a man with a deformed hand (Matt. 12:10) and Jesus healed a crippled woman (Luke 13:10-17).
Are you out of the box for God’s Work? Thinking outside the box means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19).
What does it mean to be all things to all men? Paul said to the weak he became weak, to win the weak. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23).
Paul goes on to make the point that even though he has the liberty in Christ to eat these things, he in no way would want this liberty to wound the principles of someone. He was letting us know to be aware of not using our freedom to stumble and/or obstruct the works of the gospel.
We are charged to go make disciples which causes us to reach people where they are in life (Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:15). Our focus should not be on keeping traditions, customs, beliefs, conventions and points of views that aren’t in agreement with God’s word. We should come out of our boxes to reach people no matter the seasons of life (Matt. 15:1-15). God is not in a box and neither should we be but to be led by the Holy Spirit as followers of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 5:22-23).
Koinonia is a transliterated form of the Greek word, (KOIVWVIA) which means communion, joint participation. Being outside of the box, Koinonia is the name of free financial literacy and planning classes and/or workshops Unity Christian Fellowship Church has used to reach people for glory of God.
Also, Full Circle 360 is a Christian organization that reaches young people by assisting them to develop the necessary social skills that are required to in life. Also the program address the root causes of why most people are not able keep jobs nor find jobs and deal with everyday problems of life.
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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