Have you ever caught yourself just ‘staring’ at people in a restaurant, on a flight, or at an open air market? You know, engaging in ‘people watching’. I can at times find myself looking at all the people around me and wondering how many of them know Christ.
A sense of guilt can easily well up in our hearts as we think about the unfinished work of the Gospel and what we feel we ‘need’ to do.
Yes, our hearts need to be daily broken over the lost condition of those around us. However, the ultimate work of the Gospel does not rest upon our efforts. A friend used to say: “No one ever got saved by your testimony.” His point was that God may use your testimony to bring another to Himself, but it is He that opens the hearts of men and women to Himself.
However, what if our initial response of brokenness gave way to a further response. What if we chose to train another to pray along with us, to join with us in engaging lost people in spiritual conversation? What if we saw the ‘mission’ God has given us to be a team effort rather than just an individual effort?
Last night, (let’s call him ‘P’) P was my waiter. Each time, I come through this city, I usually run into P at this restaurant. P knows that I am a Christian. I met P through C, who is a local believer here. P also knows M who is a worker in this city. I haven’t necessarily ‘trained’ C and M, but my spiritual horizons expand when I realize that God is using many people to bring Christ’s hope to the one of those among the lost.
I just wonder about the fruit that might come from training up others into this missional work of God, rather than ‘carrying’ it by ourselves.