In my professional life, I fly airplanes for a local charter company. These jets are much smaller and SLOWER than the bigger and faster Regional Jets I used to operate. I remember how frustrating it was to get behind one of these small jets. It was such an inconvenience that I would have to alter my climb or my airspeed to let that little guy have separation from my airplane. “These itty bitty birds need to get out of my way, I got to go!” I would often hear myself muttering.. Now that I’m “That Guy”, I understand just how frustrating it can be to others whom I’m in the way of as they try to go somewhere faster than me.
“Getting in the way” regarding Spiritual things though is different. It means “Seeking a way of being intentional” in someone’s life. As Believers in Christ, we need to avail ourselves to them, to hear what they are saying and offer a message of hope. “Being reactive and just sitting back, expecting the world to come to us”, is a weak position that most likely may never happen. Believers need to be out there, available and offering specific words that may just help with the most important NEWS of someone’s life.
Our hope should be one of “My life is such that they can see a difference in my walk through life and that I am approachable enough for them to trust the message I have”.
Colossians 4:5-6 says:
“5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
As you know, I use my talents and gifts that I believe were given to me by God to share the Gospel of Christ anyway that I can and anytime that I can. That means packing my gear and heading for events and places where I can sing, play and share with folks who are not likely to come to a church. After all, the church is supposed to go out to them. (Matt 28:16-20) So I get the privilege to share with homeless, Soup Kitchens and work with men who are in addiction recovery.
Of all the times I have played, preached, sang and shared, I have NEVER once regretted it. I’ve always found a way to reach out and offer someone an opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ, and you know what?, I was often the one who was ministered to!
I challenge you today that if you are a believer, ask God to provide an opportunity to share His great plan of salvation to a sick and dying world. *”Look for opportunities, Live your life with Integrity and Talk with specificity to people.”
If this is all strange to you and you want to know more, please contact me directly and allow me to share with you the great plan of salvation that God offers us!
“Getting in the way” / “Being intentional” – One person at a time!
*Ref: Travis Agnew, Pastor Rocky Creek Baptist Church