Are you up for the Life Challenge?
‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’
Jesus in John 20:21
The Good News of Jesus Christ changes everything – it gives us purpose, direction, significance and a vision for our life that is simply amazing. Jesus sends us out to ‘share his hope with all’ that they too may experience the life-transforming grace of Jesus Christ who calls us into a personal relationship with him as we journey along life’s way.
That’s where you come in!
The LIFE challenge is a personal evangelism strategy which recognizes that people come to Jesus, one life at a time. Every day you mix and interact with people who don’t yet know the life that Jesus gives. Let God lead you down the road, as he led Philip to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40), to get alongside someone who is looking for ‘Good News’ in their life. It may be a work colleague, someone you see every day; it could be a family that you socialize with. So pray for your workplaces, your friends, the people you see day by day to see where God is leading you. When you have that name…
Write their name(s) in the space on the card ‘Living, Sharing, Growing with ______________’
Then put it in your wallet, on your fridge, on your car dashboard, wherever you will see it daily and embark on the LIFE challenge:
Listen prayerfully in the conversations that you have with that person. What are their hurts, their fears, their struggles? Where do they need help to keep their life balanced? As you hear those needs, pray for those needs/concerns/joys that come up promptings’ that we sense in our hearts and minds. Pray for your work places, your social gatherings that God would lead you to the person or family.
Jesus says, ‘I send you.’ God in his wisdom invites each one of us to partner in his work and invest our time, our effort into the lives of the person or family that need to know the love of Jesus Christ. So set aside time, invite them around for a meal, share life together and see what God does as you get to know the person on a deeper level.
This is a journey, So be in it for the long haul. People don’t care what you know until they know you care. Be a part of their lives, invite them to share your family moments. Support them in difficult times, Laugh with them in the happy times. Watch the friendship grow! Invite other friends from Church around for a meal so your new friends get to meet other Church people. Research shows that 90-95% of people come to know Jesus Christ through family or friends.
When the time is right, extend an invitation to them to join your LifeGroup or invite the family to Kids Church or the Family Fun Day we hold. Then as you sense the Spirit’s prompting, extend an invitation to join you for worship. God’s grace is overwhelming and his promises is that whenever is Word goes out, it won’t return empty (Isaiah 55:11).
So that’s the LIFE Challenge. In Jesus, we have the greatest gift in the world. So may you take up that challenge, that God’s kingdom may come and heaven may be crowded for eternity.
Share your Stories
We would love to hear how you are going and what you doing to encourage others as they take up the challenge. Share them below and we will post them on the website so that together we can rejoice at what God is doing in and through his people here at LifeWay.