We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.
Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge.
Seven billion people on planet earth and you are one of them, living in this time, planted in your place.
Take a look around you. Peer over that screen. Who do you see? Who’s down the hall? Next door? Across the street? Whose path do you cross everyday?
Are you sure they all know about Jesus?
As Pastor Joe stated, “Half the world doesn’t know what you know about Jesus. People have to hear; so people have to tell.”
We are surrounded daily by people who do not know about Jesus and His sacrifice for them. Nor do they know of His transformational power on earth or the gift of eternal life after death.
Do we care enough to share?
Perhaps that’s where it start — loving those around us enough to share the Good News. We can so easily get caught up in the annoyances of others, or simply just apathetic to caring about them. We exalt our own families and friends and ignore the rest.
It’s the second greatest commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39)
What if you don’t love those non-believers around you much? Pray to love them. Pray for them period.
Since Sunday, I have been reflecting on the comment made by Deb in the video, “We need to pray for those who don’t know Christ. We need to pray they feel a need for Him.”
Deb got it. She cared enough about her friend to pray for him. A guy she saw regularly at work, in the ordinariness of life.
While God was giving Deb a concern for Dave knowing Christ, God was also stirring Dave’s heart for something more to this life.
And as promised in the Word (Acts 1:8), filled with the Holy Spirit, Deb was able to boldly ask Dave, “If I gave you a Bible would you read it?” Thus beginning the journey of Dave coming to know Christ.
And now Dave has entrusted his life to Christ and has done the same thing for others: prayed, loved and shared.
Ordinary people sharing Good News in everyday places.
Look around again. Who in your life needs Jesus?
As Pastor Joe said, “There is no perfect time to tell.”
And you’re there right now, real close.
So why not now?
Anita Everly is the wife of David and mom to their three sons. She can be found watching the lives of her men unfold, creating a home, and encouraging other women in life and motherhood. She is striving to live life on purpose because she is crazy in love with the One who is crazy in love with her.
- Are you giving people what they want or giving people what they need? It’s specific to everyone so asking the Holy Spirit for guidance is crucial.
- Are you allowing enough quiet space in our lives for God to speak with you about the people in our lives?
- Do you feel the Spirit leading you to invite some to have a spiritual conversation or to check out the Alpha Course? The Alpha Course free information brunch is Saturday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at Key Lime cove in Gurnee.