You are called to make disciples.
Why you? Well, if you’re a believer in Christ, then you have had your eyes open to the glory of God; you have been entrusted with the good news that God is in the business of rescuing hurting people. And you know hurting people. In God’s providence, you have been put in people’s lives to be a blessing to them.
We adopted an acronym to help remember a simple strategy to be this blessing.
Begin with prayer. Pray that God would open your eyes to see who has put in your path and commit to praying for those people. Has he brought one to mind? That pray for that person for 1 minute every day at 1pm.
Listen with care. When you engage with that person, ask good questions. Get to know them. Find out about their life. Make them the topic of conversation.
Eat together. You eat. They eat. Break bread together and become friends.
Serve. If you’ve listened well, people will tell you how you can serve them.
Share your story. When the time is right, share your story. Opportunities to serve often give a context for how your story helped you.
If you’re not engaged in B.L.E.S.S., here are 3 ideas to help you get started.
1. Don’t know anyone outside the church?
Seek people out in the areas you’re already about. As yourself some evaluative questions.
What do I do regularly? If its shopping, then make a point to meet and greet the people where you shop. Try and go the same time each week to run into the same person.
What do I like to do? Do you like to read? Join a book club. Do you bowl? Join a bowling league. Do you have kids? Engage with parents of kids in their classes or sports. The places you visit and interests you have put you in contact with a unique group of people. Be a blessing to them.
2. Having a hard time remembering to pray?
Here are two ways to remember.
Do it the same time every day. For example: Pray for the people God brings to mind or for God to bring people to mind every day for 1 minute and 1pm. Set a daily alarm at 1pm to remind yourself.
Incorporate it into a weekly routine. A few years ago a prayer devotional book we did stuck with me and I have used it ever since.
- Sunday – Focus on praise and thanksgiving to God.
- Monday – Pray for your family: spouse, children, parents, etc.
- Tuesday – Pray for your church family: your small group members, the officers, church health and provision and effectiveness.
- Wednesday – Pray for your community. This is where you can pray for the people God has brought to mind in your circle of influence.
- Thursday – Pray for the nation: President Trump, his staff, Congress, and other government leaders. Pray for our culture to be shaped by the gospel.
- Friday – Pray for the world: the missionaries Cornerstone supports, world leaders, hurting people.
- Saturday – Pray for yourself. Confess. Rejoice. Be thankful.
3. Don’t know what to do?
Serving doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’ve listened well, then you have some ideas of where your neighbors have needs.
- Are they extra busy this week? Maybe you could mow their lawn, offer to pick up groceries, drop off a coffee or a pie.
- One of my neighbors just “boo-zed” me last night. They dropped off a pack of Saint Arnold Octoberfest beer and an orange bucket of goodies.
- Do they have car needs? Home repair needs? Use your skill or give them a referral.
- Maybe their biggest need is just a friend who listens and cares. So, listen and care!
One final thought.
AND DON’T FORGET:
Share your experiences with others at Cornerstone. It will encourage us in a big way.