I have read a couple of posts over the last few days that have been very encouraging and challenging to me.
In the first, Brandon from “Eleutheros“, in a post called “A stranger ministry” recalls a time recently when God brought a stranger into his life. Are you ready to minister (“serve”) anyone that God brings across your path. This is how Brandon concludes:
As I walked out of the restaurant I said to God, “Now that’s what I’m talking about, that’s my idea of ministry.”…His response? “Mine too.” That’s not to knock other forms of ministry or elevate myself in any way. But I believe that God is calling me to build relationships with people to help in leading them to the Truth. I don’t know if this man will receive Christ. That’s not my responsibility. My responsibility is to represent Christ to this man and let the Holy Spirit draw him to Jesus.
Are we “representing” Christ at all times to all people with our words and actions? Or, are we simply “presenting” Christ with our words? Perhaps, as we begin to live what we believe and when we allow God to use us at all times – even inconvenient times – we may run into more of these stranger ministries.
Similarly, John, from “Hungry and Thirsty“, in a post called “Rosio” recalls a time when he and a friend physically stepped between a sister in Christ whom they had just met and possible physical harm. John says:
But the victory of the morning wasn’t in merely Rosio temporarily averting a threatening situation nor was simply in the words of encouragement and counsel we were able to give afterward. The victory God was orchestrating was one of reconnection. It was that in the midst of her critical moment, Bob and I were able to simply stand with Rosio in Jesus’ name. We joined her in what was, for her, an emotionally overwhelming moment of need. We were a small voice of encouragement, a presence through which God whispered to her, “As these are with you, so I am with you… and even much more.” It was a reminder and an invitation to Rosio to embrace His call toward reconnection. A call to live a life, not alone and in fear, but encouraged, connected, and truly alive, in the organically interconnected kingdom reality Jesus offers.
John and his friend not only prayed for this lady, they also stood together in the path of danger with a stranger – a stranger that also happened to be their sister. This is how Christ works through his body. He presents the need, and empowers and enables his people to meet that need. Are we ready for Christ to use us to meet the needs of any brother and sister that he may bring across our path?
Please take the time to read these short testimonies of God’s grace in action. Then, pray with me that God will find us faithful enough to bring people in need across our paths.