Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Moving Hearts Towards the Healer

Last month, I shared with you all in another post how the first step in disciple making often begins with a simple conversation and a simple invite to experience something beautiful. Beauty peaks our interest. Beauty stirs something in our soul that aches to be alive.

Here's what I wrote last month: "Beautiful moments are wonderful conversation starters...a crucial part of being a disciple making disciples is simply being willing to open our mouths and share the beauty of Jesus with another human being." 

Earlier this week, I received this email from a first time guest who came to our Dalton campus.

"My wife and I visited Rock Bridge this past weekend and really enjoyed the service. Honestly my wife never thought I would go in for a contemporary worship style, but a chance meeting made me interested in visiting your church."

The gentleman went on to share how they had just moved to town and he was feeling pretty down about the move. The technician who arrived on the scene to do their internet installation "just happened to be right person at the right time...and he lifted his spirit."  The technician invited this man and his wife to check out Rock Bridge. They took the technician up on his offer, attended a service, and plan to return. 

Wow!  I love this!  Why?  Because it wasn't complicated. This technician was simply willing to open his mouth and share the beauty and joy of Jesus with another human being and the Holy Spirit did the rest!

A few additional thoughts I had this morning.

Chance meetings are never just chance meetings.  The Lord has you where you are right now for a purpose. And, chances are, it's to be a bridge builder like this technician. Every moment in our day is an opportunity to shine His light into a dark situation that needs His love and His joy.

I was reminded again last night how Jesus, in the book of Matthew, taught the first disciples that their job was to "teach, preach, heal". Jesus modeled this to them over and over again by his words and his actions.

Could it be that the first step towards bringing healing and comfort into someone's life as a disciple maker is to bring His light and His captivating joy into a situation?

Because that speaks volumes, that moves hearts towards our Lord and Savior, our great Healer! 

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops." Matthew 10:27


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