This past week I had the privilege of spending some significant time with three friends, Glenn Middleton, Rob Hambright, and Doug Kreighbaum. The purpose and focus of our time together was evangelism. Glenn is possibly the first evangelist from the five-fold vein (Ephesians 4:11-16) that I have ever met. The equipping dimension of his gift was clearly evident. Here are a few things I am learning:
Talkin’ Up Jesus! Your interaction with others should ultimately lead to talking about Jesus.
Divine Appointments exist all the time, everywhere. My tendency was to pray for them and then be frustrated at the end of the day from not having any or else missing the ones I had. I have been missing them. Every person, every situation has the potential to be a divine appointment. If a person sits beside me it is an opportunity from God. If I meet anyone wearing any clothing item with a sports team on it, that is a sure sign for me that I have an impending appointment.
You must sow seeds before you can pray for them to be harvested. Prayer and sharing are both necessary, but how often I have prayed without having shared Jesus.
Leave the results to God! Our job is to sow the seeds and/or water them, but God gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).
Success is our faithfulness to share, leaving the results to God.
This has motivated me to be alert and open to those God has placed around me. There has been a wonderful download that has broken barriers to sharing and mobilized me to actively “talk up Jesus” and share His great love with those I meet.