Recently a guy ran up to me, “You don’t know me but I heard you speak a couple months ago and I want you to know what you shared revolutionized my time with God!”
What profound truth had I shared?
Simply that I didn’t stay in one place when I spent extended time alone with the Lord!
He’s an active guy who dreads sitting still for hours at a time, so when he heard me share how I enjoy spending extended time with God biking from one place to another in between reading chapters from the Bible, he was captivated. “I love how you start out praying, “Where do you want me to go today, Lord?” I’ve started doing this and now, not only do I look forward to the time but I’m doing it even more!”
Simple ideas can make a huge difference in someone’s life!
When one of the women I meet with lamented, “I’m really struggling in my prayer life…” I shared with her how I use index cards, having one for each person the Lord places on my heart to pray for. You wouldn’t believe the difference this simple idea is making in her prayer life and in the lives of those she’s praying for! And as she’s passing it on to others, it’s making a difference in their lives too!
Being Active. Index Cards.
Why did I share these ideas in the first place? Because they are things I find helpful!
When you meet with people, don’t feel pressure that you have to have a fancy plan, loaded with info! Don’t feel like you have to go to the experts trying to find treasure to pass on… What is helping you follow Jesus? Take time to consider this and then share it!
When one of my friends was discipled the woman meeting with her suggested they memorize one verse from The Navigators Topical Memory System each week, taking time to understand and discuss it, then seeking to apply it in their lives. One verse, each week… simple. But did this ever have a huge impact on her life!
You see, discipleship isn’t rocket science! It doesn’t have to be difficult or complex. It’s simply helping someone who’s decided they want to follow Jesus learn how to do this. And one of the best ways you can do this is simply passing on what’s helping you!
The challenge is we often don’t take time to stop and think, “What is helping me follow Jesus?”
Or if we do, it’s easy to discount the value of something because it’s simple. But remember Jesus said in Luke 16:10, “He who is faithful in little will be faithful in much.”
Little things matter.
Little things can impact lives in a BIG way!
As it says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise these small beginnings…!”