Sermon: "Let It Shine" The 12 People You Love (Part 5 of 5) by Randy Roberts
Pastoral Welcome: Adrian Pressley and Joelle Reuer
Children's Feature: Joey Oh
Baptism: Jonathan Rood and Maddie Condon
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:16 read by Gilda Roddy
Throughout this series, The 12 People You Love, we have considered the place our influence has in the lives of others—specifically the influence we can exert to encourage others to move in lifegiving, God-oriented directions with their lives. We have listened to Jesus’ directive to love others, and we have recognized that call as central to all that Jesus would have us do. And we have lingered thoughtfully over prayer as fundamental to all that God would have us do.
And now, today, we consider the specifics of how practically we can positively influence others. Is it only through loving them? Praying for them? Being friends with them? Or is there something else involved?
Honestly, it would be difficult to find a more succinct and powerful answer to that question than the one provided by Ellen White. Consider what she wrote so many years ago:
Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.” (Ellen G. White, The Ministry of Healing, 143).
He mingled with others. He desired their good. He manifested his sympathy for them. He ministered to their needs. He won their confidence. Then he extended his invitation to discipleship. If I’m reading correctly, his call to discipleship was preceded by at least four steps, each of which had directly to do with their needs, their lives, what was in their hearts.
It seems to me, then, that when it comes to the specifics of how we positively influence others, our beginning point is to be in tune with, to be aware of, and to respond to to their agenda.
If we were to simply follow Jesus’ method, I wonder how many lives would be changed?