1) Good friends!! I ran into some at supper the other night and realized again just how encouraging and inspiring good friends can be. BTW my favorite verse is John 15:13.
2) Read this thought provoking question in a blog today. Does inviting people to give their lives to Christ seem like a hindrance or an HONOR? That one made me think. If it doesn’t seem like an honor then what are we doing here? Are we trying to get to heaven? Yes. But are we trying to take as many people as we can with us??
The instruction Jesus gave his disciples (Matthew 28:19-20, The Message)is the same timeless directive he give us today. We are the disciples of today! Don’t leave it solely to a preacher to try to reach people and don’t think they’re the only ones that can. I’d venture to say that as many and maybe more people have been brought to Christ through relationships built outside the assembly than through sermons! Maybe I’m wrong but that’s my theory for you to prove or disprove. If you spend much time trying to disprove then I think you have some serious ego problems and your time could have been better spent building a relationship with someone and showing the love of Jesus. (Sorry for the small rant)
Anyway, when I say ministering I don’t mean randomly walking up and start preaching at someone about their “sinful ways.” You’re most likely to hear something along the lines of “GET AWAY FREAK SHOW!” That approach, most often, is what I would call a spiritual turnoff. You just raised every Jesus force field in that person’s body. Give it up, you’re toast!
You can minister and create opportunities to minister by the way you live your life and treat people. People will notice and ask, “What’s she got?”, “Why’s he so positive in a time like this?”, “Why did she give that to those people just because?” Seek out a friendship with to someone that you normally would not befriend or have nothing in common with. People will notice and ask you “Why” and you will have an opportunity to tell your story, you know, to minister. Remember Peter’s words. ...keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. (1 Peter 3:15-16, The Message)