You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, July 21, 2013: Everyday Heroes: Lydia {click HERE to listen!}

By Sheryll Belonga

How easy is it for you to share Christ with others?

For some, it may be easy and for others it may depend on who the person is. For others who the person is doesn’t matter. It just isn’t easy for you. 

Sharing my faith is easy depending on the person. If I meet a total stranger and feel God leading me to ask them about having a church home, I do so. I actually carry Immanuel information cards in my purse for such occasions. Inviting them to church can be the opening door to telling them how good God is and how important it is to have Him in their life. When it comes to people I know on the other hand, that can be a different story.

I’ve been working as a home health nurse for five years now. I take care of a young gentleman who lives with his mom every Saturday. During that time I have been superficial in sharing my beliefs but have never gone too deep.  As many of you know, talking about beliefs on the job is not always welcomed.  I don’t, however, hide the fact that Christ is a big part of my life.

Over the past year I began to feel a prompting from God to talk to her more about making Christ a part of her life.  So I began to pray for opportunities that would open the door. I also felt that before I could talk to her about making Christ a part of her life I needed to find out why He wasn’t already. I know from previous conversations that she grew up going to church and even attended when she had her own family, but what changed all that was unknown to me until the day God opened the door to have that conversation.

Like many, she attended church regularly but something happened that turned her away. At a time in her life when she needed the church to lift her up and encourage her they turned their backs and judged her instead. After that incident she walked away and never looked back.  

I encouraged her to give it another chance or even visit our church even though it would be a distance away from her home.  She thanked me but declined both options. That was many months ago and I haven’t said anything since.

Recently I have been watching her struggle with a current life situation and inside I am saying, “if you only knew He could make it better”.  But my thoughts remain thoughts and my heart remains heavy yet I still remain quiet.  I feel like I can’t continue to see her this way and not share again.  

The Bible says Jesus came to heal the broken hearted but many won’t ever be healed if no one takes them to the healer. We are supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus but we stay enclosed in a bubble, when we stay inside of our comfort zone. I don’t know about you but my comfort zone is getting uncomfortable.  

As I sat in the service, I kept thinking, “who am I reaching out to for Christ?”  I feel like I only reach out as far as my arms will go and no further. I want to change that. I feel God calling me to change that. Why is it easier to talk to a stranger for Christ than someone I know? Because with a stranger I only have one chance. I only have one shot and then my opportunity is gone. But with people I know I feel there is always another time. So instead of listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit I tune it out and put it off for another occasion. 

With this woman, that time is now. I have already prayed, and I know God has opened the door. I am walking through but letting the Holy Spirit lead. What door is God asking you to walk through?

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

3 thoughts on “The Monday After: Fully Devoted: The Jesus Method {Sheryll}

  1. Sheryll! Thanks so much for sharing. I would not be a Christian today if my now husband had not evangelized me. I feel very strongly about sharing the good news of Christ, and also share the same trepidation as you. I trust that it is not us that change hearts, but the Holy Spirit working through us. This gives me a feeling of security, and a bit more boldness.

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