Praying was easy, but this?
It was too risky, or at least it felt that way.
God was asking me to reach out to someone who might not be interested in what I had to say. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the possibility of being rebuffed.
I also don’t like treading in when I don’t know what to say.
Yet it wouldn’t go away.
So I did it. I wish I could say that, because of my obedience, there was a magical ending to this story.
I came away with some insight that will help me to pray. My friend was honest with me. This person didn’t see my words as an invasion of privacy or unwanted, but isn’t ready. . . yet.
So, was it a complete failure?
That’s not how it works. Obeying God, especially when it comes to loving people, isn’t a pass and fail test. We have no idea what God is doing behind the scenes. We have no idea what a person is walking through, or how he or she feels.
All I know is that God loved this one enough to shake me out of my discomfort zone to take a risk. God is calling this beautiful human being back to himself and this person is worth a little discomfort on my part.
Maybe you’ve felt that same nudge.
You feel the Holy Spirit leading you to send a card, or a text, or to show up in person. Maybe you’ve resisted because it all seems so risky.
Let’s redefine that word from “what might happen to us,” to “what God sees that we don’t.”
If you sense God leading you to reach out, start where you are.
Pray for that person.
Pray for the right words to say, and the words to withhold.
Pray not to take it personally if they aren’t ready yet, because sometimes God’s love is steeped into a heart one word and one action at a time.
Today we begin with Chapter 10. Can you believe we are already that deep into this study? It’s all about living your faith as if you believe it is true, and partnering with God to reach a world.
I’d love to hear your story today.
Tell me about the moment that someone reached out and told you about Jesus.
- Read Chapter 10
- Watch the video
- Start your discussion with the discussion starter at the end of the video
- Journal your thoughts
- Answer the questions at the end of Chapter 10 in Come With Me