The Power of Proximity

The Power of Proximity

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Military leaders know the value of a good scout. Balanced police professionals recognize the value of personally knowing leaders in a...


Military leaders know the value of a good scout. Balanced police professionals recognize the value of personally knowing leaders in a given community. However, there seems to be a groundswell of those who hold strong opinions without any personal proximity to the subjects they are discussing.

Have many forgotten the power of proximity?

Can you know what you think about a given subject if you can’t clearly articulate your perceived opponent’s perspective? Do you really know what you know, if you don’t know what you don’t know? 

The Christian mission is one that requires disciple-making.

 Believe it or not, discipleship doesn’t happen effectively at distance. God knew what he was doing when he gave us a mission initiative that demands proximity. Anyone that has been engaged in the real work of ministry will tell you that discipleship isn’t one-directional. There are benefits both ways. The convert teaches the teacher as he shares his life, his story. I’m not advocating that you hold fewer opinions, I’m advocating that you engage in more mission; I think you’ll discover that proximity has a powerful effect on your perspective.

Proximity informs perspective! 

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. --Ephesians 2:13

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