|Posted by Ronnie on January 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM|
Today started out strangely... My husband decided that no matter what we were going to be EARLY for church!!! Whooohoooo! And we did arrive about ten minutes before service started! It was so nice not to have to be the one trying to push everyone out the door. And as an added surprise, one of the teaching pastors from our main church campus came to visit as the guest speaker.
He spoke about how important it is for each of us Christians, in our little sphere of influence, to impact the world for Christ. This is something I've been thinking about and acting on for the last few months.
I was able to take a wonderful class on Evangelism this fall. The book we used for the class was The Master Plan of Evangelism. You can read my review of this book here.
At the beginning of the class our instructor, Rev. Peggy Ducker gave each of us a composition book. I thought how nice she gave us a book to take notes in. Nope, the book was a daily journal. We were instructed to write how we impacted someone's life for Christ every day. I can remember many days waking up and wondering who I would encounter and how I would be am abassador for Christ. And it turned out to be so easy to find opportunities. Remember, Christ said,
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:35-40.
So give someone who is thirsty, some water to drink or buy them a juice or soda. Donate your clothing to someone who needs them. Feed someone who is hungry. Give a loving word to someone who is down in the dumps.
Our last class was in December, and I was so sorry to see it come to an end. Not only was the coursework enlightening but the class discussions helped us, a group of about 14 women to connect on an intimate level. The class impacted my life in many ways. One of the things I am most grateful for is that I view my job as a substitute teacher differently. Before the class, I saw it as a somewhat lonely job. Every day a different school, diferent children. I felt like an outsider.
Now I see every day as a challenge to touch some child for Christ. I never speak about my religion, church or Christianity because obviously it is not allowed in the public schools. But each day I endeavor to show the love of Christ to the children. When I meet a "difficult" child, my hope is to let them know that somebody cares for them. I see my job as an opportunity as opposed so somewhere I drag myself to every day.
I do hope you read the review of the book and are able to purchase the book. Dr. Coleman, the author of the book presents an approach to church leadership and organization that is not often reflected in America's churches. It is a book I truly believe every Christian in America should read!