Archive for April, 2015

Relentless pursuit
The Lord has blessed me with an awesome opportunity to share the gospel with international students here at USC and more recently at Ben Lippen high school. I can tell you that The Lord is moving in awesome ways. I cannot tell you anyone has professed faith in Jesus. After about 8 months of pursuing these sweet friends, sharing the gospel with them many times, trying to be Jesus to them by meeting some of their physical needs as well as spiritual, it still didn’t click with them. This at first was very discouraging, but after praying to The Lord and getting my heart straight with his plan I reminded myself first that it’s he who moves, and our only job is to get the message across. However, we are also called to love others. This looks like still sharing the gospel with them after they say they have to think about it. This looks like still investing time in them even if they refuse to invest their time at your organization or church. This looks like being graceful when you know they are going down hard paths that they chose themselves. “so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”1 Thessalonians 2:8 Put aside yourself, your pride, your insecurity, your time and give it up to someone. It’s what Jesus did on the cross, and this is what our daily cross looks like. It is so hard to continue to love others when they push away but we all know that’s exactly what Jesus did. Everyone who wants to follow the call in Matthew 28:19-20 should have at least one person they are dicipling, or currently pursuing. I hope someone came up in your head, because I want to encourage you to go out and buy them coffee this week to take the next step, whatever that looks like, in that relationship. Whether that’s sharing the gospel with them the first time, the 12th, or just answering questions I encourage you to follow the call. Try and keep yourself accountable to take the next step, tell your accountability partner, small group leader or me what you’re planning to do and ask them to hold you to it and pray for you. Being relentless in pursuit of others for Christ is so important in demonstrating his character to them. I encourage you to spend some time with the Lord to ask what that looks like for you specifically. I also will be praying over you all this week.

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