Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, “May God’s peace be on this house.” If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay. If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you.
Luke 10:5-8 (NLT)
“Yearn For More.” This is the theme Pastor Rob challenged us with at the beginning of the year. There are multiple areas in our lives where we can yearn for more, but one area in particular is what we’re calling “My 5”. Pastor Rob encouraged us to recognize five people in our lives that we would commit to praying for and that we would be willing to invite to church. It can seem easy to think of the names to add to your “My 5” list, but it can be daunting if you don’t know how to follow through with that commitment. Here is an example of how Kevin Mitchell, a business owner and a prayer team lead at our Apple Valley Campus, uses the Luke 10 model to share Jesus with others.
Jesus sends us out to be salt and light but we’re not always sure how to do that, especially at work. We don’t want to look weird or pushy so we hang back.I felt like that too but then discovered how Jesus sent out his disciples in Luke 10. That jump-started a lifestyle of prayer evangelism for me. Here are the four key principles:
1. Speak peace and bless
2. Make friends
3. Minister as needed
4. Share the gospel as God moves
I use this at work as well as in my personal life. Luke 10 is my customer relationship management strategy. This is how I work with customers, suppliers and partners as well as anyone I meet in life.
I begin by praying blessings over every interaction. My goal is always to make friends and develop a relationship of trust. I serve business needs with excellence but I seek to discover each person’s felt needs and make them a matter of prayer. I act on the assumption that people I meet may not know they are my sheep but I know I am their pastor in the marketplace.
Over and over again I have seen God open doors to ministry opportunities in the midst of doing business. I have seen customers healed, saved and set free, marriages restored, and business challenges overcome in miraculous ways. Praise God!
It is our prayer at River Valley Church that you would have a heart to develop for yourself a lifestyle of prayer and relational evangelism, following this example of Jesus, to see those in your neighborhood and workplace be reached for the glory and honor of Christ Jesus.