I used to get questions about where we are going to find all of these people we are supposed to reach. Sometimes, I still do. The same question surrounds giving away tracts. I'm pretty much an introvert, so noticing people isn't my natural instinct. Yet, I find people everywhere.
I've disciplined myself to look for them. I call it "seeing lost people." I pray and ask God to help me see them. He does, and I'm often stunned. But, I'm not the only one finding lost people who need God in their lives. Listen to this note from a church member that I received just this morning. This is what Crossing the Lines is all about. Here's the note (adapted for privacy).
"Please pray for [name withheld] who works in Farmington. I gave her a tract. She is a single mom of a 10 year old son, and she is ill with bone cancer. May she soon accept Christ into her life."
One of our church members encountered this lady in the normal course of life. She's not a regular acquaintance. Instead, she was a stranger who encountered a Saint. People like this woman are out there all around each of us.
Do you need to cross the line and give a tract to someone? Would that be a stretch for you? Stretching is good. It makes us more flexible.
Step across your line today!
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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