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Infiltrating—or, being the change in church—teaches you how to love the unlovely. It drives you to not only study God’s Word, but to live out his commands. It helps you and other imbalanced believers gravitate toward Christlikeness. It shows you the great price Christ suffered for the sake of wandering souls.
Most importantly, infiltrating ignites true Christian love into a flame not even a distracted world can ignore.
The sad part about infiltrating is that while many believers benefit from it, few pay it forward. Think for a moment about all of the godly influences you’ve had in your life. People who’ve played a part in your spiritual growth, held your hand through tough stretches, and inspired you to love people and do good works for King Jesus.
God used these believers to bring you to where you are today. They infiltrated your soul with passionate commitment to Jesus in spite of your immaturity, hardheadedness, or imbalance—and God caused you to grow. This is invaluable to you and your soul—and that’s the point.
Infiltrating the church is invaluable to the souls of others—your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Investing in believers—no matter which spiritual stage they’re in— is a massive part of the great commission. But rare is the believer who looks within his or her church and thinks, Who do you want me to invest in, God?
We cannot let this continue. We need to get busy infiltrating.
REASON ONE: YOU HELP OTHER BELIEVERS BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS
When we leave the church because people are fake, lukewarm, or stagnant, then we’re leaving people who desperately need to see the way of Jesus. I used to be one of them.
Just like Jesus discipled the twelve for three years, our fellow believers need someone to show them—just as the man in Acts 8:31 needed Phillip to show him—that Christ must be their first relationship, first purpose, and only true source of wealth.
Pastors should be the spiritual leaders in churches. But that truth doesn’t cancel out our responsibility to point others to Jesus. Through words and deeds, we need to help fellow believers see the whole way of our Almighty God.
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are read- ing?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him (Acts 8:30-31).
REASON TWO: YOU DISCOVER OTHRS WHO LONG TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS
One of the best parts of infiltrating is discovering others who share your innermost longing to live radically for Jesus. A lot of the time, they aren’t who you might think.
Ever since I decided to live intentionally in my church, God’s shown me just what a horrible evaluator I am of other believers. Those I’d pro- filed as status-quo Christians? They boiled with fire for Christ. Those I thought fit the description of head-but-no-heart believers? They were undergoing serious heart change.
This quickly taught me that I needed to get to know my fellow believers better—not judge their relationship with Jesus. I needed to talk with them. Have dinner with them. Laugh with them.
This is when God does amazing things in both of your lives.
There are so, so many people in church who want to live radically for Jesus. But they feel alone, outnumbered, and a little rebellious and ashamed. Infiltrators are the key to loosening their chains.
Freeing followers to a greater commitment is the Infiltrator’s ultimate goal. But it’s also a great privilege and crazy fun.
Because when captives are set free, they go all sorts of crazy for Christ.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1:3-5).