Doing so isn’t about gimmicks, a sales pitch, or high pressure commitment, but comes through relationship. Sometimes we are the final link in someone’s life after God has sown seeds for years, and we get to see the fruit of that work in a life that connects back to Him through Jesus and His Church. At other times, we are the one who plants seeds, or the one who waters, and we may not know what God is doing in that person’s life at the time. It is all God’s work, but it comes through our obedience to follow Him and to point others toward Him. This is the call of evangelism and lies at the heart of the 1-1-3 Challenge this year!
As it was issued last Sunday, all are challenged to begin by seeking the Lord for who He has called us to enroll in this season. You will notice a cross in the back of the church with paper, push pins, and pens to write a name, fold it up, and pin it to the cross. It will serve as a reminder to us weekly of who we bring to Jesus, as we keep the end in sight - namely bringing them to Him and not we ourselves nor some program or agenda. It stands also as a reminder of our commitment to pray for them, to engage them, and to invest in their lives over the course of this season so that we may bring them to Jesus.
I urge you to participate. And to engage in finding support, encouragement and continue in the challenge through Growth Groups. Attend to this aspect of our call to follow Jesus, which is not scary nor burdensome, but comes from a life that seeks Jesus daily and desires that others come to find the peace, wholeness and relationship we have come to find in Him. Invest in someone’s life this year and leave the results up to God!