It’s as simple as crossing paths.
You already have a group of people in our lives that we cross paths with on a regular basis. I do and unless you’re living in an underground bunker, everyone does. Whether it’s someone living under your roof…maybe you share a wall or a fence with them…you buy coffee or groceries from them, but in someway you cross paths with them.
And what you do when you cross paths with that person is all you need to do to make a difference in their life. It’s simpler than you think.
You don’t need to memorize the book of John or know the arguments for and against calvinism. You don’t need to be able to refute polytheism or the gospel of Thomas.
All you need to do is be there for them. Meet them where they are. Meet them where your paths cross and be a friend. Care about them in a genuine way. Not in a “I’m only getting to know you so I can convince you to come to church with me” kind of a way. Care about what they share with you. Care about their day, their problems, their worries. Embrace their struggles and empathize with their situation.
Just, be a friend. Care about them as people. Pray for them. Pray for God to create opportunities for you to invest in your relationship with them and when the time is right, invite them to church.
It’s really that simple.
(And by the way, that’s what 8 to 15 is all about.)
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