Posted by: Rex Boyles | August 3, 2008

“… making the most of every opportunity …”

On the same day of the same week …

Kelly (one of my brothers at the OPEN) was introducing one of his friends, Kurt, to Jesus.

Lisa (one of my sisters at the OPEN) was introducing one of her friends, Barb, to Jesus.

Kelly has known Kurt for years. They met at school. They played ball together … double-dated together … worked together … did all kinds of buddy stuff together. Kelly invites me to have lunch with them, occasionally … and Kelly always hopes that Kurt will ask about the Lord. On Monday (7.28.08) Kurt asked … he wanted to learn “the way of the Lord more accurately”.  

Lisa has known Barb for just a few days. They met online … chatting about shared concerns and interests. During their conversations, Lisa introduced Barb … to Jesus …who can calm storms for those who are afraid … who can conquer demons for those who are enslaved … who can cure diseases for those who are distressed. On Monday (7.28.08) Barb decided to “listen to Jesus”.

So … on Monday ( 7.28.08 ) … Barb found her way with Lisa’s help … to a little church in Canada, where she was born into the family of God.

So … on Tuesday ( 7.29.08 ) … Kurt found his way with Kelly’s help … to a little church in Lubbock, where he was born into the family of God.

Please … welcome our newest brother and sister to the family of God.

But let us also learn from the example of Kelly and Lisa. Kelly works as a landscaper; Lisa as a teacher. But they live their lives as lights in the world … salt in the earth … fishers of men (and women). What they did on the same day of the same week … was not any part of an organized campaign or special “bring a friend day” at church (both of which are good things) … but they just did what friends do when friends ask the question.

They did what Phillip did when the Eunuch asked the question – they took the Word and spoke about Jesus.

May God bless Kurt and Barb. I want to be like them … listening to Jesus.

May God bless Kelly and Lisa. I want to be like them … talking about Jesus.

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
(Ephesians 5:15-17; NIV.)

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