Hello my precious bloggie friends! Saturday night my family and I went to see a special evangelist named, Todd White of Neck Ministries, at a local church. His focus is demonstrating God's love by using the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I've seen many evangelists over the course of my lifetime, but he is different. Instead of wanting any of the "lime lite" for himself, he encourages others in the church to begin allowing God to use them to minister love around them.
Just before the Saturday night service, Todd went to Applebees with the local church's pastor's. While in the restaurant he had an opportunity to talk with the Hostess, Waiter, and Manager. God just opened the door and he had a word of knowledge about pain that the Hostess was having. Then he got her permission to pray for God to heal her. She was healed of extreme back pain immediately and was forever changed! At that point he spoke into her life and God began healing some personal heart issues within her life. He had a similar experience with the Waiter and Manager.
He didn't preach that they were sinners bound for hell, no he just loved them by expressing how much their heavenly father loved them. After giving the testimony, he pointed out that hundreds of Christians had probably eaten at that restaurant and not one had looked for the opportunity to minister to that hurting hostess. It was a sobering moment!
I am sharing this to say that we need to think outside of the box - get out of our comfort zone! Todd said that he doesn't do outreach (then he said that outreaches are important) because if he did, when he got home he would think he was done and turn off that switch, so to speak. He has a point. We need to learn to be God's mouthpiece, eyes, ears, arms and legs all of the time!!
I don't know about you but I can get very focused on the task at hand when I go places. I am praying that God will open my eyes to see what He sees as I go about my week this week. Even if I can share God's love with one hurting soul, it's been worth it.
Heaven is not our goal, crushing the works of the devil is our goal, heaven is just the final reward for believing in Christ as our savior!
If you are reading this post you need to know that God loves you.