Ephesians 3:11-12 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
Sadly, summer is coming to an end. But this end gives way to new beginnings. If you think about it, we’re in the middle of a giant collision of ‘new’: new schedules, new routines and new relationships.
But this season also brings about another new: opportunities.
We’ve all heard about how we need to invite others to church with us. If you are a Christian, it’s practically encoded into your DNA similar to knowing that fire is hot, heights are generally bad, and cats are not to be trusted. But, like these facts, it doesn’t make it any less true.
In this new season, you are going to come into contact with a multitude of people. They will be from a variety of backgrounds and they will have a variety of experiences informing who they are.But the one common denominator is that they all will have a need because, as people, we all have the same need: God.
And that’s where you come in! Understanding all that, here are three ways to help make the most of all these personal opportunities.
1. Look at the people you meet as people.
It’s easy to look at the people you meet as potential salvations or numbers you can help add to your church or Sunday school class. Or maybe you think of how much better your testimony would be if you could talk about converting that specific person. In this way, we make our relationships about us rather than about the people we’re engaging with.
So ditch the agenda and just love on people. If you do that, the rest will take care of itself.
2. Love them as Christ would.
We all have this idea that people and relationships are complicated, but they aren’t really! People want to be loved and accepted and as Christians this should be easiest for us. So let’s do it!
3. Say anything.
Be bold. Just like the verse says, we should have boldness and confidence because of our faith in Him. There will be times when it may not be the most comfortable thing to invite someone to Church or Bible Study, but trust in that impulse because what you have to share is the hope and faith that God alone provides.
What’s a new opportunity you look forward to this year? Has anyone ever reached out to you during a time of need? How did you respond to them and has that changed how you reach out to others?
God, I thank you for the hope that a new season brings. I thank you for the hope that you brought into the world through your son and I just ask for guidance so that I can infuse some hope into the world during my short time here. Guide me, lead me and show me all the ways I can help those who hurt to find you.