Building Relationships for Christ

As human beings you have been created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) and if you know Christ as Savior you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). As a Christian you are a child of God (Eph. 1:5) and an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20). You are a part of God’s plan to reconcile mankind to Himself. You take part in this plan as you reflect Christ’s Lordship and grace in your life, and as you share the gospel of Jesus Christ with unbelievers (2 Cor. 2:14-17; 1 Cor. 1:21). These are all wonderful things! We rejoice in the Lord for how He has blessed us!

In life we interact with people on a continual basis. Some people we see over and over again. Others we see in passing once in awhile. We interact with people in the checkout at Wal Mart, at a grocery store, at a gas station, or at a coffee shop. How do we view these opportunities? How are we praying for them? Each day we should be praying that the Lord will give us opportunities to share with others about God’s incomparable love, grace, and mercy. Such a heart attitude is demonstrating humble submission and yieldedness to the Lord. God desires every believer to have such an attitude toward Him. The question for each of us is, “Is my heart completely yielded to the Lord?” Only you and the Lord know the answer to this question.

As we interact with people are we praying for wisdom and the words to speak to them? God desires to use us to speak the riches of His incomparable grace to lost people. Paul said, “This grace was given to me – the least of all the saints – to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah” (Eph. 3:8).1 Do we view sharing the gospel in this way? Sharing the good news about what Jesus Christ has done for humanity is an indescribable privilege! Can you imagine if each one of us shared the gospel with one person once per week? Let’s say that means forty different people hear the gospel each week! Wow, that sounds incredible, doesn’t it?! This is what God desires to use us to do. He has called us to share the message of the gospel.

Do we view sharing the message of Christ as a burden or a blessing? When our hearts and minds are right we view it as a blessing. My prayer is that we will be rejoicing in the truth of the gospel and joyfully sharing its message with those we interact with each day. As we do this our hearts will be more in tune with the Lord and we will experience His joy in our lives. Furthermore, God may open people’s eyes to the gospel and save their souls! This is what we pray for – unbelievers to be saved.

I am encouraging each of us to be praying for the salvation of unbelievers. I am encouraging each of us to be praying for opportunities to share the gospel with at least one person this coming week. I will be praying for you and I ask you to pray for me as well. I am looking forward to hearing what God will do in us and through us this coming week.

1Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, HCSB®, and Holman CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers. The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009).

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