Beyond The Four Walls
A New Teaching Article On World Improvement
This month, we are talking about and focusing on world improvement. How can we take the glory of God outside the four walls of the church and deposit it into those who desperately need it?
Jesus handed us all a “Great Commission” as He was going to sit at the right hand of the Father.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. " (Mark 16:15)
Ultimately, everything we do for others for Jesus is a form of evangelism. Evangelism is defined as “the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ.” Many times, people will not receive what we have to say to them until we have relationship with them first. This is not the rule, as many times God will lead you to speak the Word of God to someone and keep on passing by. But there are many times when daily relationships with acquaintances such as coworkers is really evangelism in disguise. For some, you are the only Bible they will ever read.
There are people we are assigned to in Gods kingdom; people we will build relationships with, in order to be a channel of nurturing and encouragement towards them. Please note that these will be one-way relationships; you will be pouring the love of God and other resources towards these people God is pursuing. These people will not be speaking into your life, as you already have the way, the truth and the life (Christ!). When Jesus Christ died for us and spilled His blood on the cross, it was a one-way relationship. He poured into us!
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Let’s look at the second part of this verse – “Freely you have received, freely give.” Some relationships have a give-and-take dynamic. Not so with those God has you ministering to! You receive freely from God through Jesus Christ, and you freely give to the lost without expecting anything in return. This is the way these types of God-ordained relationships will work. Maybe that coworker who is lost needs continual encouragement, continual help on the job, continual reassurance. Sure, that can be a little taxing to our flesh at times, but your source is the Lord God in heaven, who is rich in mercy and who never sleeps. He is always pouring into you. If God has called you to be there for someone who is lost, be sure to complete your assignment! Your encouragement, your help and your reassurance comes from the Lord freely and will have eternal results when you offer it to others. Freely give!
Souls are the reason Jesus left heaven for His heart to beat on this earth; souls are the reason Jesus spilled His precious blood; and souls are the reason He went to the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf day and night! Jesus lives to reach the lost! There are people in your life that God is pursuing. Are you available to be a part of things?
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35)
We should always be able to look at the landscape of our life and recognize the assignments God has placed in our care. The harvest is plentiful – open your eyes and look, it is right there in your own life! There are people in your life that need what you have to offer.
We all have our own gifts, skills, and talents; things we are good at and feel comfortable doing for others. Start small. A word of encouragement; a smile in the hallway; ask how someone is doing. Remember what people tell you about their lives as you go about your day and follow up with them on it later to show you care. Things that people reveal to you in passing could be the Holy Spirit pointing your conversation. Watch what God highlights to you! Maybe you can leave the waitress a good tip along with a Scripture of encouragement. Maybe you can lift the load of an overwhelmed coworker at work. Think of what Jesus does for you, and give that to others in your own special way!
Living life without Jesus is like drinking from a saltwater well – it leaves people thirstier than before. People in the world today have been drinking from the saltwater wells that exist in the world and they are in a state of desperation and bankruptcy of the soul. Our culture is faster, busier, more demanding and cutthroat..we have a world that is in desperate need of the living water of Christ! How can you help them? That is the question we are all stirring ourselves with this month as we talk about “World Improvement – Evangelism Beyond the Four Walls.”
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