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Ministry — It Flows Through Relationships
8/5/2015

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.”  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 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 not usually be so eager to take their time for someone they are not all that comfortable with.  This can even transpire within our own family network.  I have found this to be true with some of my family members.  Now 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 time to foster our relationships on a consistent basis.  

I recall driving about a thousand miles to go visit my father and stepmother in Boise, Idaho a few years back, 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 family was mostly a ministry of presence as I was able to help them with some chores around their house, such as trimming the hedges and trees.

"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 with a renewed perspective of God’s sovereignty and love for each of us. I was sad to leave, but I believe my parents were able to see God’s light through my acts of love.  I trusted in God’s perfect timing and in His ability to build the perfect platform with which to speak His truth in love, and in fact I was able to come back up a few months later and have the divine conversations He had prepared before I was ever born.  I realize I have been brought into this world to be a part of my family for a perfect reason, and I trust God will continue to use me in the greatest way possible as long as I am willing to be used, and am willing to submit to His will and ways. 

Likewise, God has given you many relationships with your family and friends, and He wants to use these relationships as platforms so you can be used by Him to speak into their lives, and so they can speak into yours.  It has been rightly said, “To have a friend, we must first be a friend.”

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Allow the Lord to use you to be a true reflection of His love. 

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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Look for opportunities to build platforms to speak into the lives of others by loving them in a way Jesus would.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I pray You will open the doors for many divine appointments for me to share Your Word and truth to those who do not know You, and who may be lacking hope.  Lord, I 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

 


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