Sunday, December 21, 2008

Advent Week Four ~ Joy ~ Invest in People

Today's blog post is from guest blogger, Kris.

A detail from the creche at Jubilee Church

Luke 15:9-11
And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.

One of the greatest joys in life is helping someone find Christ. When someone asks Christ into his or her life, all of heaven rejoices and you can be a part of heaven in that moment.

A pastor of a small church in an inner-city area that is highly religious, but also highly anti-church, says that the only way they are going to see a change in that area and in the lives of the people around them, is to ‘do life’ with them--and not preach at them.

By investing in people’s lives, talking with them, sharing with them, learning about what is happening in their lives, we are investing in people for the future. You don’t have to approach everyone you meet and ask if they have said the sinner’s prayer (though some people are very good at that), but instead you can show your interest by being with someone through good times and hard times.

When you invite people into your life you allow them to see how you handle times of crisis and times of joy. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends how God has influenced and blessed you. A story is powerful, and people can’t argue with your story, especially if you live it for all to see.
We MUST “do life” with those around us in order to have any influence their lives.

When you get the opportunity to lead someone to the cross, remember that all of heaven rejoices with you, and your heart will be filled with joy.

Prayer: Lord help me to be aware of those around me and to listen for the prompting of your Holy Spirit. May I be transparent with nothing to hide, but have a life open for inspection. Amen

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