Ordained for Impact Part 2: Where Do I Start?
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) We are His [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The way we shine as a light for the Lord is through good works—tangibly meeting people’s needs.
Matthew 5:14-16 (TLB) You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.
God’s plan to change the world is for every Christian to change their world. God’s plan for people receiving Jesus is you!
I START BY REACHING
- My People.
Most sociologist say the average person has about 12 people in their sphere of influence. These are the people we consistently spend an hour or more with over the course of a week. Who are your people?
1. ____________________ 7. ____________________
2. ____________________ 8. ____________________
3. ____________________ 9. ____________________
4. ____________________ 10. ____________________
5. ____________________ 11. ____________________
6. ____________________ 12. ____________________
Who are you spending OR SHOULD BE SPENDING 1+ hours a week with?
Studies have found that the average father only spends 7 minutes a day with his kids. That’s only 49 minutes a week.
Mark 5:19 (NIRV) He [Jesus] said, “Go home to your own people. Tell them how much the Lord has done for you. Tell them how kind he has been to you.”
- My Place.
You are in this geographic location on purpose. You’re not here so you can make a living, God placed you “here” to make a difference.
Bring things of hope and purpose, with a spiritual component, into your community and impact it. (A testimony, Bible Study, book, music, prayer, etc.)
Acts 17:26 (NIRV) From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. God did this so that people would seek him.
Even your vocation God selected as a ministry location. Ask yourself, “How can I be a blessing? What good deed would shine as a light to the people I’m working with?”
- My Passion.
God places passions within us. These passions open up relationships, divine connections, and doors for ministry.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV) Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
These three areas are currently connecting you to the people God wants YOU to intentionally influence for Him.
HOW DO I START?
Pray for the people God placed in your life to influence.
Isaiah 62:6 (NLT) I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray to the LORD day and night for the fulfillment of his promises.
You may be the only prayer covering in their life.