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We are called to impact all of the people we come into contact with. We need to be prepared for this, and know how to act. Even if we feel fearful.



Some of my favorite time spent with my husband is late at night, snuggling under the covers, having meaningful conversation. Recently during one of our pillow talks the Lord convicted me when we were in the middle of a conversation about a friend who doesn’t know Jesus.

We are to impact all of the people we come into contact with. By being prepared for this, and we can know how to influence others. Even if we feel fearful.

Impact: The People

I’m a believer in being a good steward of the things the Lord gives us. Just as I believe in being a good steward of our home and our finances, I believe that the people in our lives are there strategically. We are called to be good stewards to them. How many days go by where we hardly think anything of that?

Both hands raised, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of overlooking people placements and just focus on me and my day. But actually, every lunch appointment, every barista, every stranger that we pass in the post office, every neighbor, all of those people are strategically in our path for that day. Hear me when I say this: I’m not saying we should walk around stopping every stranger, I’m simply suggesting for us to consider this question, what would happen if we learned to be more sensitive to the guiding of the Holy Spirit? Movements? Maybe even miracles?

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9, NIV

 

We are to impact all of the people we come into contact with. By being prepared for this, and we can know how to influence others. Even if we feel fearful.

Impact: A Command

“Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19. This is the Great Commission, it’s a command to us from the Lord. So why are we so stagnant in this regard? Why do we mosey around like we’ve got all the time in the world? We don’t. Job 14:5 says our days are numbered, friend.

I listened to this speaker once who gave the most perfect visual of earth versus eternity. In his talk he had this rope, the first five inches or so were red. The rest of the rope, which seemed like miles long, was white. He said that the red part of the rope represented our time spent on earth and the white part of the rope represented our time we spend in eternity. His emphasis was on sharing Jesus because we are not given much time here on earth.

It created an urgency for me. It put things into perspective. The things I was walking through my day claiming to be important, couldn’t compare to the importance of this: Souls. Hearts. Eternity. We, as Christians, are to be salt and light. So what are we waiting for?

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV

Impact: With Fear

As our pillow talk conversation got a little deeper, I shared with my husband that I haven’t always been able to freely talk to people about the Lord. Until about the age of seventeen I was incredibly shy. Over the years boldness developed. That boldness came from encountering the Lord, growing my confidence in Him. It used to be, if I came across someone with a different belief or someone who didn’t have a personal relationship with God, I just didn’t talk about Him. I know that it’s not all in the talking. But I realized that the reason why I didn’t talk was because of fear.

Fear is so paralyzing. I was afraid of what other people would think of me. Afraid that they would be mean to me because I believed differently than them. And the worst, I was afraid that they would ask a hard question about Jesus that I wouldn’t be able to answer. Well friends, the truth is… none of us have all the answers. I had to learn to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit and just share what He has done in my life. And what the Lord has done in my life is far too great for me to stay silent about it. I have also learned that it is more about loving someone well instead of “convincing” them into Christianity. Love will take you farther than persuasion ever will.

Impact: The Guidance

I encourage you, the next time you are around that table with your family, on that bike ride with your friend, bumping into that neighbor while at your mailbox, or grabbing that coffee from the barista, lean into the Holy Spirit and trust His guidance. When you don’t know what to say or have no response to a “God question”, silently ask Him to give you the words. Trust that He will give them to you. Let Him work through your vulnerability and be willing to be bold. After all, you may just experience something pretty amazing.

So let us keep on coming boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16, ISV


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Cheryl
Originally from the Lowcountry coast of South Carolina, I have a deep love for the ocean, good seafood and believe that salt water can cure anything. My husband, Camilo, and I live a constant adventure with our two fur babies, Sassy and Bella and one rambunctious foster puppy, Sam. I am a Jesus freak, coffee addict, professional encourager, small business owner, marketing manager and lover of all things fair trade and handmade. I am not shy to admit that most days I am a hot mess and dance to the waves of God’s grace, daily. I have a deep passion to disciple our future generation and am a huge anti-human trafficking advocate. As a reflection of God’s grace and mercy, I am a living testimony of my life verse Psalm 91:4, He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge. I find it a great privilege to be salt and light and pray to always be faithful to the race that God has called me to run here on earth.

Comments (15)

  1. So much truth here. I was also paralyzed by fear more times than I can count. Growing in our relationship with God always correlates to a growth in our confidence. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I, also, was shy and ‘quiet as a church mouse’, but with God’s help and as you say, “leaning into the Holy Spirit”, gives us boldness to be an ‘impact’ on people around us because we’re never where we are by happenstance, God has us there for a purpose. We must, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:13 ‘put on the full armor of God’.

  3. This is such a great reminder. We are not supposed to just focus on our own little corner of the world and keep to ourselves. We are to impact, embrace, support, and encourage others to know and experience the love of God!

  4. It always helps me when I remember that God is in control and is the only one who can change hearts. It is such a privilege to get to be part of His plan to spread the Gospel. When I make things less about me, I notice that I feel less anxious to share.

  5. I try to be friendly to the people at my local grocery store, to pave the way for sharing the gospel. When the checkout people smile when they see me, they are more likely to respond favorably to the gospel.

  6. I love that visual. My husband used it at his mom’s funeral to explain to all the grandkids about what we do here and now affects the eternal! Thank you for this encouraging post!

  7. I love when you said “I’m simply suggesting for us to consider this question, what would happen if we learned to be more sensitive to the guiding of the Holy Spirit? Movements? Maybe even miracles?” Amen!

  8. I saw a video of Francis Chan using that rope example several years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s so true. Our life here is so quickly gone and the rest of time will go on forever…why be scared now? Let’s allow God to God us and give us strength and courage for whatever comes. Blessings!

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