Christians are typically most effective in sharing the gospel with the people in our most immediate circle. The farther out we go, the less influence we have. The impact of love can be most powerful when we display it to those in our world, those who know us and care about us.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4).1
“ ‘I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. . . . I also have sent them into the world’ ” (John 17:15, 18).
By adopting Isaiah 61 as His mission statement, Jesus declared: (1) He was pro-humanity; (2) He cared about basic human needs; and (3) He led a humanitarian cause.
As His disciples, we are to mingle by:
Being involved in the community
Desiring good for others
As you think about the people in your circle, who you are most likely to reach for Jesus, make a list of names in the following categories:
Circle of friends:
Relatives or close friends:
Think about these questions:
How recently did you have contact with each person?
What is the nature of your relationship with each person?
How can you show that you desire good for each person?
Keep this list in your Bible and pray daily for ways to demonstrate compassion and caring.2