WEDNESDAY 10TH OCT., 2018
WORD FOCUS: REACH OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE (1)
TEXT: Rom 10:14 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?…”
One author writes: ‘While visiting my parents I needed a haircut, so I went to where my mum goes. As the owner Jim trimmed my hair, we started talking about spiritual things. The more we talked…the more he cut. I ended up with very short hair, but our conversation about Jesus was worth it. Later, when I suggested to my mum that she invite Jim and his wife to church, she said, “No way they won’t be interested they live a pretty wild life. I don’t know two people further from God.” Nevertheless the next time she went to the salon she said a silent prayer: “God, I don’t think these people are interested in You. So if You want me to say anything make something happen.”
Suddenly Jim’s wife said, “I understand you’re in a group that discusses spiritual things. We’d like to come.” Pam and Jim eventually prayed with other brethren and gave their lives to Christ – all because of a conversation that developed over a series of haircuts. This kind of reaction happens by the grace of God. Most Christians spend virtually all their time with other Christians, but when it comes to important matters people listen to people they trust- changed agents or light bearers especially about spiritual matters.
Paul says, “How can people have faith in the Lord if they have never heard about Him? And unless someone tells them?” If people are going be reached for Christ, for the most part, it’ll happen through friends, not strangers. Keep the doors of your hearts open always to enable you create a bridge for loving someone for Christ.
So, cultivate a relationship with somebody who works at a restaurant you frequent, or the people at your gym. Invite the neighbours over for dinner… follow Christ’s example and befriend people who God needs.
MEDITATION: Jn. 15:14 , Jn. 15:13
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
REV 11; EST. 1; PS 105:1-25
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