1. Get rid of fear. (He told me this in Sunday School from Gene.) Fear will hold me back from sharing the Gospel with my loved one. It will hold me back from fully submitting to God's will. In fear, I try to control the situation. In faith, I recognize God's sovereignty and control over the situation.
2. Don't give up. God will never give up on anyone, and neither should we. (This one is from Sunday School too, and a movie my husband and I watched last night.) God is always pursuing people, whether they will believe Him or not, because it is in His nature that none should perish. There is always hope. Always. And you never know what part of your life God is using to speak into someone else's life. You never know when something you do or say will turn out to be eternally fruitful.
3. Don't show the world your own version of Jesus. (Gene again. He thought he was being indulgent and chasing rabbits, but he was actually submitting to the Spirit and letting God speak into my life) Let Jesus show Himself through you and through His Word. Then they will not be able to help but to see the love of God in your life.
4. Look at the examples of what He has already done. (From my good friend Teresa, who prayed with me). Have there been other friends, family, or others that you have seen God change their life as they sought to follow Him? Have you seen someone come to the Lord that you thought there was no hope for? Look at examples from the scriptures.
5. Expect great things, and thank Him for what he will do. (Straight from the pulpit. Thanks Pastor Joe!) Always be looking forward to what God is going to do! Expect to see Him moving in their life and in yours. Nothing is impossible!
The biggest thing that I can do right now is commit to praying for and loving those who are hurting.
I leave you with the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns:
- I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Where we are weak, God can take over and do great things. And the great thing is that He gets all the glory!!