I have long list of people I want to meet, share the gospel to, disciple and mentor, invite to bible study and to church. And the list keeps adding and adding. Every time God would prod me to add a person on my list, without hesitation, I would do so. I care less if that person is not that close to me in terms of relationship or literally, in terms of place. I am confident that it is God’s problem on how I will be able to accomplish my task. He will open opportunity, provide ways to communicate and give me all the means to make it happen. What is required of me is to be intentional in praying, asking and giving.
- Intentional in Praying
I look at my list every now and then and pray for each person. I ask God to work in and through me so I will be sensitive to His leading. I am specific with my request to God for each of them and for provisions whenever I will be meeting them.
- Intentional in Asking
I ask them questions that will allow me to really know where they are now and not only the usual “how are you?”. I ask them about their current situation (i.e. school, work, life, family, etc.). I ask them about their social media posts whenever it is connected to my interest or past experience. I ask them prayer requests that will allow me to know what present concerns are all about, connect with them through that and truly pray for them (remembering being intentional in praying).
- Intentional in Giving
I know I have to give my time and resources when I meet with them so I schedule, put it on my calendar, and save up. Aside from time and resources, the most important thing is to intentionally give and share to them my life. I believe in “giving it your best shot” the first, second, third and all the time! After all, Jesus Christ gave His all and His best for me so that I can live today and forever. What I give is just part of what Jesus gave. I give because I have been given.
So my encouragement to those of us who desires to be used by God in leading people to His kingdom, be intentional. Specifically pray for people and their needs, pray for God’s leading and discernment and pray for provision, for the right words, for opportunity. The best way to connect to them is by asking. Be intentional in asking. Don’t hesitate. You can only know the answer if you ask. Give your time, make time for people. Real people have real needs that requires real time. Be generous. Don’t regret giving because God loves the cheerful giver. Lastly, the moment we offered back our lives to God, it means we are allowing God to use it however He want it to. We have nothing to lose. We are actually gaining a lot when we give – we gain what money cannot buy – joy, peace, friendship, and all the spiritual blessings that only God can give.
Verses to Ponder:
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give,not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,