Lessons From Paul
February 4, 2014
"Get On My Level"
In order to share the gospel with the people the Father places before us, we must be willing to meet people right where they are. We must "get on their level." In order to be true disciples of Christ we must be, as Paul describes, kind, loving, patient servants who truly do put ourselves in the lives of others. We must feel the hurt and the pain. We must feel the addiction, the religion, the lostness of the person/people we are trying to witness to. We must meet people where they are, so that we can be understood by them; then we know how to begin presenting the gospel in a way they will want to know more and be intrigued. Does this mean you must change your stance, your beliefs, your foundation?! No, absolutely not. It just simply means that you meet the person where they are, so that you set a clear foundation of understanding for them.
So, in saying that, today I bought my first Qur'an! YES, you heard me correctly, I have bought a Qur'an. Does this mean that I am going to become anti-Christian, and change my faith in God - NOooooo, not a chance! I simply purchased the Qur'an because I know the people group that I will be working with are of the Islamic faith. And therefore, in order for me to meet them where they are, I must first understand their beliefs and understand their concept of who God is. If I do not have any foundation of understanding them, how can I share the gospel in a way that they will want to know and understand more about who my God is?
So, today, I went out of my "box" and I bought a book I never would have purchased six months ago. Today, I took a step in educating myself on the people group that I will be witnessing to and sharing the gospel with. Today I took a step in learning how to meet my people group right where they are!
And to be honest I am very excited! What an impact this will make in helping me to witness to those people I will be meeting in just a few short months.
-Wisdom in memorizing and retaining needed information and verses to utilize when sharing the gospel and disciplining those He places before me.
-Focus during long days of meetings, packed full of information.
-Pray that visa work begins moving smoother; as this has been hard to complete thus far.
-Pray that the Father will be working on the hearts of the people that He places before me once arriving to the field.