There are times in ministry, and indeed, all of life as a disciple of Jesus, when we are blessed to receive a reminder and glimpse of God’s sovereignty. He is in control of everything, at all times, in all places, in all lives. Yesterday was one of those moments where God’s presence was apparent and there was really no other way to describe it.
It’s a long story and I’ll try to give the shortest version possible.
As you may know, we are helping our co-workers, Tim and Michelle, in a house church plant that normally meets here in our home. Yesterday, it was my turn to teach. Since starting with and completing Ephesians, we’ve been doing a book study of Philippians. The Lord had us looking into chapter 4 yesterday. Last week as I studied in preparation, I ended up deciding to look at just the first 7 verses.
I felt I should really spend some time with the phrase “book of life.” This turned out to be a relatively evangelistic theme. It also turned out that not only did Ariel and Antonia both come yesterday, but unexpectedly, Jharley brought two of his friends for the first time ever. Jazmín and Scarlet definitely needed to hear the Gospel. Ariel and Antonia likewise are very close to accepting Christ.
Obviously, it wasn’t me in any way. It was definitely a “God-thing” that brought the elements of the message and the audience together at one place, at one time.
No, this short story doesn’t end with a prayer of salvation or anything quite that exciting. Still I find it exciting that God brought us to an evangelistic theme which we really hadn’t seen to that point in our study of Philippians at just the right time, when just the right people, including two first-time guests, really needed to hear it.
If nothing else, life seeds were planted, but without seeds, there is no harvest (some plant, some water, but God gives the increase).
Pray with us for these four people, Ariel, Antonia, Jazmín, and Scarlet. May God bring them into the increase of His harvest soon.