God has given us Circles of influence and we must take advantage of them.
I think of how intentional Jesus really was with the 12. How He chose to keep His circle of influence rather small. So He could instill into them something so much greater than what they could ever think dream or imagine.
It was 3-3.5 years of intense discipleship, intense training, and just doing life together. Here they got to see the authentic heart of Yeshua, here they got to share laughs, here they got to experience the race set before them. They got to experience the race with the ultimate runner, with the most conditioned athlete to ever live. They got to experience life they got to “do life” with the life-giver. I wonder what it would be like to wake up and say. HEY Lord, what’s the plan today; “ahh we are going to get on these camels and travel to who knows where to share this LOVE that is going to change the world.”
I believe our Lord has set the example of the race we are to run. So many churches or pastors. They want to grow so big so quickly and sadly a lot of people get evangelized but never get gospelized. What do I mean? Churches become a big circle sometimes with a big influence but their backdoor is just as wide as their front door. For example, if someone comes to the church gets “saved” and “baptized” but you don’t see them for weeks, months, or ever again. Did you make a convert, did you make a Christian? Well, we don’t make anything. Our Lord does the Saving. Child of God He has called us to make disciples. Our Lord has given us a model and that is to live intentionally in our circles of influence.
How do we start.
1.Start with your family
If you are a parent the greatest disciple you will ever make is your own child.
Proverbs 22:6 says 6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Stand on this saying “as for me and my house we will serve the lord”
2. Friends and acquaintances
In our circles of influence God has put people in our path that we can share life with, do life with, and have Gospel conversations with. We must learn how to share Jesus without fear of what our acquaintances might think. Seeing them in Heaven eternally is way better than them being another person on your friends list.
“I would rather lose a friend and share Jesus than have a friend and they remain lost.”
2 Corinthians 5:14
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
As children of God, we should have a passion a desire to share with anyone and every one of the hope that is within us. It is hard to face our fears, or should I say faith our fears at times. But dear friend people coming to know Jesus must become our greatest focus. So what if we lose friends, if people don’t like us.
“I would rather stand by God and be judged by the world than stand by the world and be judged by God.”
The sad truth is in many churches today. People being baptized are walking out as fast as they are coming in. I have personally seen this in my ministry. We have to stop the cycle of producing people who are just attenders/consumers we must create a culture that creates servers
Ask not what your church can do for you; ask what you can do for your church.
Life in the church is not centered around me. It is centered around Christ. He is my Master and Lord, and I am to follow His lead and serve others. Consider these words from Peter to the church—and note what we are called to do.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:7
Every church is equipped to make a significant difference, to make a meaningful mark on someone in some way. Child of God you got a mark to make. Make today for the glory of the lord.
“Division equals multiplication when it’s done correctly”
Multiplication begins small, but ultimately yields greater results. And these are disciples, Christians growing and maturing, not babes in the faith demanding constant nurturing. Jesus left His disciples at the end of three years to carry on His ministry without Him.
One of the things Jesus did right before He went and was seated at the right hand of the Father. He said “Im getting ready to go, but in order for me to go the Holy Spirit has to come down i’m giving you this spirit for you to build the church of which the gates of hell shall not prevail against.
JESUS said Divide and conquer.
We must invite someone to our table and rub ourselves onto someone else. We must get away from clicks and just worshipping with our friends. We must influence people outside of the norm. Let’s add a seat at our table and make disciples in our circles of influence for the Glory of God.
So my question? What mark are you making, are you a part of building the Kingdom that will fight to see souls on the road to a burning hell saved.
Child of God. Suit up make your mark in your circle of influence today.