Getting Started

One of the biggest barriers to sharing the love of Jesus is getting started. For a variety of reasons the first step is the hardest. The first step is really easy to take. It requires that you do two simple things:
  • Identify: Find someone to love for Jesus' sake. Jesus found a woman at a well, somewhere she went every day. He found a tax collector in a tree while He was out for a walk. Where will you find someone?
    • In their yard, in your neighborhood?
    • On a walk of your own?
    • At a park?
    • At a concert in the park?
    • At the farmer's market?
    • At a sporting event of your choice?
    • While doing a service project or a kindness project with the church?
    • At work?
    • Online?
    • At a restaurant, serving you?
  • Initiate: Once you find someone, what will you do? Jesus asked the woman for water. He invited himself over for dinner at the home of Zaccheus. He did not pass them by. Instead he took intiative. Bill Hybels suggests taking the simplest level of initiative in the title of his recent book Just Walk Across the Room. It won't matter if you identify people to love in Jesus' name, if you don't do anything. What should you do? Try these:
    • Pray. Pray. Pray.
    • Ask questions (see tomorrow's post).
    • Invite to coffee.
    • Offer help.
    • Ask for help.
    • Introduce yourself.
    • Pray. Pray. Pray.
This is just a start. But the point is if you don't know who to talk to and/or don't talk to them, you'll end up wasting your summer by keeping to yourself.