The Evangelism Conference of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico rattled my cage. I'm regarded by many as being very evangelistic, very focused on lost people. Yet, their opinions aren't my standard. I constantly ask, "What does God want." If you ask that question, prepare for answers.
I began a journey in 2012 of handing out at least one tract a week to someone I simply didn't know had a relationship with God through Jesus (of course, there's no other way!). I've exceeded my original goal. It's been personally inspiring. I accomplished something, with God, that I'd never done before. In fact, my life has changed. I think about impacting people everywhere I go.
But, back to the Conference. God is pleased, but not finished. Tracts weren't the end of the journey for me. Instead, they were a beginning. I've no idea where the end lies, hopefully at the foot of God's throne. I want to keep growing until then.
On March 8th, I shared with my church family that God was taking me a step further. It's good to make these things public, it provides a sense of accountability. God wanted me to; so, I did. I shared with my church family that God wants me to take the additional personal steps of engaging individuals in spiritual conversations that lead to the telling of God's story and to inviting them to follow Jesus. That's a big step for an introvert. Actually, handing out a tract every week to a stranger was a big step for an introvert.
I needed an invitation at the Conference, but there wasn't one. That day in front of my church family was set a benchmark for me. I crossed a line. I'm taking a public stand. I'm looking for conversations. I'm stepping outside of my comfort zone, outside my personality, and outside my abilities, into the realm of faith. I believe God is calling me forward. I also believe He's waiting for me out there where He's called. So, its safe.
Where's your line? Where is God calling you? It's safe there, too. Why not say, "Yes." One step makes all the difference.
Crossing the Lines
The ideas behind this blog emerged from my study and preaching of a message I titled "A Single Step." It was an unexpected message out of Philippians 2:12-18. I'm the one who was surprised. I had a whole different idea of where the sermon would go. Then, I got into the text and followed it. That led, eventually, to the response by individuals after the message. God worked in me and in our congregation. He's still at work.
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