WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
Acts 8:30 (NLT)
GO SHARE: PAY ATTENTION TO THE PEOPLE AROUND ME
Years ago, in Cardiff, Wales, when a juror coughed, defendant Alan Rashid had a right to feel sick. The cough came just as the jury foreman announced a verdict of “not guilty” in Rashid’s trial on a charge of threatening homicide. The cough coincided with “not,” Judge Michael Gibbon only heard “guilty,” and Rashid was sentenced to two years in prison. As the jury left the court, one inquisitive member of the panel asked an usher why Rashid was going to jail after being found innocent. So, the jurors were herded back into court. “It was a very bizarre situation, and I’ve never heard of it happening before,” said Nicholas Williamson, the court manager. Rashid was brought back to court, the jury confirmed its verdict of “not guilty,” and Gibbon told the defendant he was free to go. (Spokesman-Review)
Understanding what people are saying is vital in influencing them for Christ. Mike reminded us in the sermon that part of influencing people for Christ is being sensitive to where they are spiritually. Quite often people are asking questions that God has the answers to and can use you to help them find what they are looking for.
Stuart Briscoe in Getting Into God, offers several helpful principles to impact people for God:
- Care: show concern for the person, and concern for your life before him.
- Dare: it takes courage to witness and courage if the person is a stranger to you, and even more if the person is a close friend or relative.
- Share: If you want to make a lasting impression, share yourself with the person. Get involved in his interests, get your shoulder under his burden, be genuinely glad when he has success.
- Prayer: Don’t discount the effectiveness of prayer in the preparation of people’s hearts for the Good News.
Praise God for the people in your life who you have an opportunity to impact for Christ. Ask God to help you understand the needs He may be using to draw them to Himself.