What just came into your head as you read that word?
A picture of a fruit bowl?
A picture of a bunch of bananas hanging from a tree?
Someone slipping up over a banana skin?
Words are powerful things and can create all kinds of images in our minds. If you’ve ever played the game ‘word association’ where someone gives you a word and you have to say the first thing that comes into your head, you’ll know it can be fun.
But what comes into your head first if I said ‘evangelism’?
Maybe fear, guilt, rejection, difficult?
If you’ve been around a good church for sometime you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘it’s time to ‘do’ evangelism or ‘it’s time to get involved with evangelism’
Rightly so, as members of our local church we are encouraged to ‘get involved with evangelism’ or join our Church evangelism team and ‘do’ evangelism. The thing is, in my experience, whilst...
I used to love playing the game when I was a kid.
It was fun.
If I went to one part of the room I was getting colder, if I went to another part of the room I was getting warmer, then hotter, then hotter until.... I found the object that had been hidden for me to find.The further away from the hidden object I went, the colder I would be, the nearer I got to the object, the warmer I would be.
Jesus gave a wonderful invitation: ‘Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest’. (Matt 11:28)
In your walk with God have you ever felt discouraged? despondent? As if God feels miles away?
We can all feel like that at times as we try to navigate life’s twists and turns. We can become jaded, under pressure and yet God’s intention for us, His desire for us, His purpose for us, is to stay close to Him and allow Him to help us navigate the terrain of life.
The question is are you moving closer to God each day?
It all starts with relationship. I often hear the phrase, and I use it regularly myself ‘Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship’
The big answer to the big question of ‘why are we here?’ and ‘what is the meaning of life?’ is found in a relationship. The relationship between us and God.
In our evangelism, this is the aim. We are seeking to bring people into relationship with God, through Jesus.
However, our journey of leading others to Christ starts and must flow out of our own relationship with God. We cannot give away what we have not got ourselves. Jesus said ‘freely you have received, freely give’ (Matt 10:8)- so to give something away, we have to have received something first.
Our lives can get so easily filled up in the day to day with so many things, many of them important: work, marriage, looking after the kids etc. However, we need to make our daily time alone with Jesus a priority.
It’s always sad and heart breaking when we lose someone we love. Just over a year and a half ago I lost my Mum after a very brief battle with cancer. The thing about my mum is that she was a very creative person. When I was a child it was flower arranging, in later years it was cake decorating and cross-stitch, and then finally years of making cards.
Two months before she died, she made for me the last card I would receive from her, a birthday card. She picked the template, she chose the decorations to go on it and she chose the words to write in it. There is not a card like it on the planet. It is unique and it is special to me.
A part of my ministry that I enjoy immensely is training and helping others to share their faith. After running an ‘evangelism training’ session at a Church recently, a lady asked me a question: You are so bold and lively, do I have to be like you? I smiled, and said NO! You don’t have to be like me – just be...
One of my favourite lessons at school was woodwork. I wasn’t much good at it, but I enjoyed it. I still have one of my creations – a carving of a tiger/big cat. I can remember making it – chopping off big bits of wood and then trying to carefully add detail by making chips and cuts with a smaller chisel. My tiger has much to be desired, and now doesn’t have much use , except to invoke school memories.
We, as human beings however are very much different to a block of wood that doesn’t have much use. We have been crafted by God to serve Him – ‘ For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them’ Eph 2:10
So many people struggle in the discovery of who they really are, what their purpose is in life, and many people struggle with who they “think” they are. It’s important that we all have a correct...
Some while ago, when I was on a mission in Uganda, I asked the teenage Son of my host as we were walking through the village, if he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He replied ‘ to be an evangelist like you’ – he quickly followed this remark by asking the question ‘What qualifies you to be an evangelist’?
I thought for a moment, and then replied ‘ well I’ve been to college, I have a piece of paper that says I’ve done a certain course and passed the grade, I have a lot of experience working in different situations, including Christian ones, but I don’t think any of that qualifies me to be an evangelist’ I continued…’ I think what qualifies a person to be an evangelist is what God puts in their hearts, It’s the passion he gives someone to tell others about Him’.
Thinking about that now it seems quite a simplistic answer, but true none the less. So often we can look to others to give us...
Did you know that God wants to empower you to serve him today?
A few years ago my wife and I were on our way home when we stopped to put some fuel in our car.
As I started to put the fuel in I suddenly realised that I was filling the car with unleaded instead of diesel. (yes I know you’re thinking ‘what an idiot’ – and maybe you’re right – but we’ve all done stupid things at times, well most of us have!). Anyway, my mind had been on something else and my actions meant that the car was unusable for several hours until a mechanic came and sorted the problem out.
If we want to be effective for God we have to be careful what we put into our lives – if we fill our lives with the wrong things, thoughts and actions we won’t be as effective for God as we should be.
God wants us to be effective for Him and so as you spend time with God today, ask him to help you deal with anything in your life that might be...