If you receive my newsletter then this blog post may look a little familiar. I thought that this was important enough to also turn into a blog post.
One of the things that I definitely want to work more on while I’m in Guadalajara is encouraging even new believers to minister and share with those around them. I finished reading “Organic Church” by Neil Cole and at one point he talks about how even young believers should be sent out to serve and evangelize just as mature believers do (or should do!) “The workers of the harvest must come from the harvest… each new convert is a new worker.” Too often people depend on the teachings of humans to prepare them as a worker. They become passive, inactive, and fearful as they constantly feel unprepared and wait for the next step of human guidance. New converts should not depend on human help but rather the help of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that gives us the confidence to walk up to our neighbors and share about our faith. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Also, as Neil Cole points out, often times new converts can relate and connect better with non-believers because until recently they were in the same place; lost and seeking salvation. Finally it will help new believers to understand the persecution they will face from the world, something they will face the rest of their lives. When they face this persecution and rejection they will understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves.” (Matthew 10:16)
This has been on my mind a lot recently. I don’t want to see just a group of believers rise up in Guadalajara, I want to see a group of workers. Everyone has the ability to use their gifts that God has given them in order to serve the least of these and share the Good News. As a Christ-follower people need to understand the importance of following Jesus’ example and seek opportunities to serve and actively pursue opportunities to share and reconcile people with God. We are commanded to love others, not just sit idly by. What better way to love others than share with them the free gift of salvation? Too many people just go to Church, small groups, Bible studies, just go through the motions, and then return to their normal lives. We have been given a new life, transformed by accepting Christ into our lives, so we should leave our old lives behind.
With all this to say, I want to see the youth inviting their friends to youth events, the people at our Bible studies serving the kids at the orphanage, and every new worker sharing about the new life they have found with their friends, families, and coworkers. Face the challenges head-on and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide your words and actions.