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ow available are you to the people  can’t (thankfully, I might add). Not until
               in your world? Do unbelievers ask  we listen to what people say will we be in
        Hfor the “reason of the hope that is  any position to help them. In some cases,
        in you” (1Pe 3:15), or do fellow believers  the mere act of listening itself is all the help
        confide in you or come to you in times of  that may be needed.
        difficulty?                            Emulating the life of Christ will motivate
          Spirituality and approachability are  us to  serve  more. As He served others
        connected. As we grow in sanctification  unselfishly and without partiality, His
        and sensitivity to sin, rather than turning   approachability became even more
        people away, we will be drawing them   apparent. In fact, His service in helping
        in. The sinless Savior was remarkably   others often emboldened many with
        approachable. Parents freely brought   similar needs to make their approach to
        their children to Him, needy individuals   Him. Your humble service may even break
        nearly smothered Him, and even religious   down nearly impenetrable barriers and
        leaders constantly surrounded Him.   finally motivate someone to approach you
        Apparently, the more spiritual we are,   for the help critically needed.
        the more approachable we are also. So   We also can increase our approachability
        how can we cultivate an atmosphere of
        approachability?                     if we  open  more. We should be honest
                                             and transparent enough to admit (in an
          For one, we need to engage more. It’s hard   appropriate manner) our struggles should
        to approach people who aren’t there to   others come to us with an admission of
        begin with. Jesus purposefully engaged   their own. Although the Lord Jesus had
        with other people. He accepted dinner   no personal sin struggles, the Apostle Paul
        invitations, went out of His way to visit a   did and openly admitted them in his letter
        Samaritan woman, and willingly took little   to the Romans (7:7-25). If people perceive
        children in His arms and blessed them. So   that we believe ourselves to be superior,
        try to not hole up in the office all day (or
        in the study). Don’t always rush to the car   they will likely keep their distance.
        when assembly meetings are concluded.   Finally, it can’t hurt us to smile more.
        Offer and accept invitations for meals. And   Recently while driving past a neighbor,
        don’t neglect time with children, especially   I  waved  and  “smiled.”  Then  I  tried  to
        your own. For those whose personalities   recreate the smile and looked in the
        are more introverted, this will require work   rear-view mirror. I have to say I wasn’t
        and purposeful action, but our personality  too impressed. If we radiate joy and
        types should never be an excuse for  contentment, others won’t help but notice
        refusing to engage with others.      and be drawn to us.
          We could also try to  listen  more. To   If approachability were the only measure
        those who are more extroverted, the  of our spirituality, how are we doing?
        self-discipline to not monopolize the  The little world around us is our area of
        conversation will be required. The Lord  influence. Are we drawing people in or
        Jesus could read people’s thoughts. But we  keeping them away?

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