If each of us made it our mission to be reaching out to at least one person every day or even every week the world would be a much better place. Instead we have a tendency to wonder what kind of a difference we can actually make because we don’t have an outlet or a platform to “reach the masses”.
Look at Jesus’ ministry. He spoke to the masses, yes, but he also reached people one on one.
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” John 1:48
God wants to use each one of us to reach the people around us. In our jobs, while running errands, in our churches, the homeless man/woman we drive by every day on the way to work; and so on.
My grandparents are prime examples of God’s heart at work. They don’t go anywhere without being mindful of the divine “appointments” God may have awaiting them.
In the checkout line at Walmart, in the parking lot of the grocery store, the waiting room of their doctor’s office, the people sitting in the pews around them at church… the list goes on because everywhere they go they are ministering to people through simple acts of kindness; sharing God’s love.
My grandmother offers up a hug to the lady passing her in the produce isle when God gives her a little nudge, “She’s having a bad day.” My grandfather listens to the young man helping to bring their groceries to the car because he can tell this young man is in need of someone to talk to. Simple acts of kindness go a long way in making people’s day and sharing the love of Jesus.
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
Each of us, no matter how young or old have a purpose. Whether we are a stay-at-home-mom or a busy career woman – we have a calling to minister to the people around us (even if it’s during nap time, in our pajamas while we are on-line). When we open our eyes to this, and allow God to use us, it’s amazing the people we will be able to reach. Our God is a God of intimacy. He loves it when people are reached with a hug vs. a televangelist on the TV. And the way He accomplishes this is through each one of us… as we open our hearts to this powerful form of ministry we can literally save the world one person at a time.
So, who’s your ONE? Who is the ONE person you can minister to today? Let this be your prayer each and every day as you step out of your house or open up your computer. Ask God to tug at your heart as you open it up to Him to reveal to you your ONE for the day.
“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” Jeremiah 1:7
“Dear Jesus, help me to overcome the tendency to wonder “what difference can I make?” and instead open my heart to embrace the power of your love as I step into my daily routine. Help me to be mindful of those I come in contact with each day always on the look out for my ONE. Thank you for choosing me to carry out this powerful form of ministry and help me to never take for granted the important role I have in spreading your love to the world…ONE person at a time. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.”
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