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We struggle to have friendships with those who do not follow Christ and even with those who do not live as though they follow Christ. At times our message comes across as judgmental. Too often we live independently from those around us who have genuine needs. For us to overcome these struggles, we should consider the example of the early church. Luke, a doctor, historian, and adventurer within the early church, writes of the exploits of our Chris­t ian forefathers and foremothers: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:1 – 8

These early followers of Christ were in relationships with others who did not know Christ. With the help of the miraculous, they shared with God-fearing Jews and converts who had come from all over the world to be part of a religious celebration called Pentecost. If we had been in their place, we probably would have enjoyed the wind and the gift of tongues for ourselves. Thinking, “Isn’t this amazing what God is doing among us!” we may well have failed to venture out from being together in that “one place.” 36

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