Thursday is for Discipleship
Four simple principles on how to develop a passion for your neighbors who don’t know Christ:
STUDY THE WORD OF GOD.
More specifically, study the missionary heart of God for the world. “There is no situation in your life, in your ministry, no situation in evangelism or personal relationship, where a greater knowledge of God and his ways will not produce power.” Study books like Genesis, Ruth, Jonah, Obadiah, Luke, Acts and passages like the five great commission sections in the four Gospels and Acts. Ask God to break your heart with the need of your neighbors for Him.
- PRAY FOR THEM BY NAME, SITUATION, FAMILY, JOB and NEED.
“It is nearly impossible to pray for a person and not begin to actually and truly care for them.” But the trick is to pray specifically, To do that you need to mine a bit around the edges of their lives. Get to know them so that you can take them to the throne of grace in very specific ways.
- SPEND TIME WITH THEM!
“No man or woman falls in love with a person they never spend time with.” They might be infatuated with someone but it takes real proximity and time to fall in love. What is true in romance is also true in friendship. We have to spend time with people to get to know them deeply enough to care for them. Have them over for dinner. Invite them to a ballgame, go and watch their kids play in some sport and sit with them.
- SACRIFICE FOR AND SERVE THEM.
“You cannot and will not love what you won’t and don’t sacrifice for.” When you sacrifice and serve your neighbors who don’t know Christ, your heart, by a mysterious working of the Spirit of God, is enlarged and energized. God will increase your capacity as you extend yourself for them.