CARE. Jesus cared for the whole person. He cared for people physically AND spiritually. We need both. It matters. Jesus is all about saving people. But he also met their physical needs. This is what he says.
“But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."”
Mark 10:43, 45 ESV
Paul said a similar thing about being a servant of others in order to see them come to Jesus. Both Jesus and Paul were about serving people both physically and spiritually.
Today. You’re CHALLENGE is to do two things. 1. For this person(s) that you’ve been praying for...I want you to look for an opportunity to show Christ’s love for them AND others around you. That could look like so many different things. It could be just to say a simple friendly conversation. You could buy them candy or give out some gum. Sit by them at lunch. Make sure they feel included. Stand up for them if they are being bullied. WHATEVER IT MAY BE - look for the opportunity then act.
2. Alittle bit bit of share for today. Sharing our faith is hard. And there’s not always a lot of time in the busyness of the day. In light of both of those, the second part of your CHALLENGE is to INVITE this person. Invite them to hang out after school or this weekend or to something where you can have a better opportunity to talk about spiritual things. Invite them to church this Wednesday night and afterwards ask them what they thought about the message or what they were challenged by. In either case, ASK them what they think and then LISTEN. You want your voice to be heard and valued - show them this same respect AND see what happens.
Read here what Paul writes to Timothy. Here Paul is giving instructions on how he wants Timothy to run his church. This is what he says...
1 Timothy 2:1-6
“ First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, ...”
Intercession basically means a prayer to God for someone else. When it comes to sharing our faith, we want to ask for Jesus’s help - BECAUSE WE NEED IT! Remember. We cannot save anyone. However you see it says that “God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
What this means is that we can pray for For our friends who don’t know Jesus with 100% Confidence that God is on board with our prayers. We can know that we are praying a prayer that God wants to answer!
so let’s get to it! Who’s the person you’re gonna prayer for? Better yet, I challenge you to do this... call up a trusted friend who is a Christian, who is also praying for one of their lost friends, and you guys pray for your people together. It will only take about five minutes. But what a powerful 5 minutes that will be!!!
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