You have what the world needs. I know it sounds arrogant but it is true.
I’m sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel–that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” (Acts 10:36 NLT)
The world needs peace and they are going to get it through the Jesus in you! How? One person at a time. One person at a time as you expand your circle of friends and acquaintances to include one more person. We all have a group of people around us we feel comfortable with – family, friends, and co-workers. This group of people has been developed, nourished, and put together over a course of a lifetime.
Generally, after this group gets to a certain size we grow comfortable and our circle doesn’t expand anymore. We have got all the friends/family we need. This is the key word – need. You have those friends, which is a good thing, because God has blessed you by bringing these people into your life. But I want to challenge you to today to open up your circle to one more person. The world needs what you have.
Who do I expand my circle too?
Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest. (John 4:35 NLT)
First, start by noticing the people in your second tier of acquaintances. These are people you run across on a regular basis that you don’t interact with on any kind of meaningful level. They can be coworkers, work out buddies at the gym, people others shun, etc.
Second, pray and ask God to lay someone on your heart in this second tier that you are to try and initiate more conversation with. If no one comes to mind, continue to pray and ask that God will bring someone along your path.
Third, look for opportunities to befriend them because of the value they have as a person, not just as someone to lead to Jesus Christ. Look for opportunities to spend up to 1 hour a week with them. This is ministry which blesses God’s heart. Look for common ground that you can talk about.
“When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:20-23 NLT)
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