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Ministry Flows Through Relationships

A man who has friends must himself be friendly… Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)

There is an old saying, “People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care,” and I seem to be reminded of this often when I want to speak into their lives.  Often times the best advice or counsel can be shut down by those in need—not because it was bad counsel, but because the person listening wasn’t willing to listen to the person speaking. 

With this said, it brings me to another great statement, “Ministry flows through relationships.”  It is so simple, but so true; people will take the time to listen to someone they have formed a relationship with, whereas they will usually not be so eager to take their precious time for someone they are not all that comfortable with.  I have recently been reminded of this with some family members.  It may sound somewhat strange to not be able to speak to someone in your own family, but it is very much true when we don’t take our precious time to invest into their lives on a consistent basis.   

I recently drove about a thousand miles to go visit my father and stepmother in Boise, Idaho and as much as I wanted to share so many things with them to help and encourage them, I found myself being prompted by the Lord to say little, but to love much.  At times I found it hard to hold my tongue, but I would simply ask the Lord to guide me in what I was to say and do during my visit.  As it turned out, my ministry to my parents was mostly a ministry of presence in addition to helping do some chores around the house, such as trimming the hedges and trees.  It hurt to leave, but I trust my parents were able to see God’s light through my acts of love.  I am trusting in God’s perfect timing and in His ability to build the perfect platform with which to speak His truth in love. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

I left Idaho last week with a renewed perspective of God’s sovereignty and love for each of us.  I realize I have been brought into this world to be a part of my family for a perfect reason, and God will use me in a great way if I am willing to be used, and to submit to His will and ways.  Likewise, God has given each of us many relationships with our family and friends and He wants to use these relationships as platforms with which we can be used by God to speak into their lives, and for them to speak into ours.  It has been rightly said, “To have a friend, we must first be a friend.”

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s allow the Lord to use us to be a true friend.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 18:24, what can we learn about friendship?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow the Lord to use you in all of your relationships with others?

APPLICATION:  Let’s look for opportunities to build platforms to speak into the lives of others by loving them in a way Jesus would.

LET’S PRAY: Father, we pray You will open the doors for many divine appointments for us, so we can share Your Word and truth to those who do not know You and who may be lacking hope.  Lord, we pray many will come to know You through these conversations and for others to return to You.  Father, give us exactly what You want us to share or say, and go before us to prepare the hearts of those we will be speaking to.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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