A few weeks ago I described our Wednesday Night out "experiment." I said I would report on how it's going. It has already exceeded my expectations many times over!
On the fourth Wednesday, one of the group that goes to Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum shared with me about what has happened there. They have met two of the folks that work at the Starbucks there. One they just asked his name, and he responded, noting that his name was in the Bible. Another they shared that they were sharing prayer requests with each other and was there anything they could pray about for her – and she opened up with them, asking for prayer.
We could have had another Wednesday night study – same content, but in the church building amongst ourselves. And we would have missed out on all these connections. But we got up and got involved with our neighbors – with the people God loves and for whom Christ came into this world. And look what God has already done! It has far exceeded my expectations.
It has also illustrated what Jesus taught in John 4:34-38 (sermon here). While we've only been a small part of these neighbors' lives, we have surely have been a part of what God is doing in their lives. Clearly in some cases God has been working before us to plant seeds, and we were part of the watering process. Hopefully we are planting some seeds. If we persevere, we may also see part of the harvest or some fruit. The point is not the product, however, but being willing to OBEY and PARTICIPATE in what God is doing. That is what Jesus modeled and taught the disciples, and I believe it is God’s instruction and challenge to us.
Link to 1 week inRead or hear the sermon on the Wednesday experiment: HERE
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