Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.
⎯ Phillips Brooks
When Philip asked the Ethiopian if he understood what he was reading, the Ethiopian answered, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me?“ (Acts 8:31). Since that time scores of people have been seeking assistance in understanding God’s word. Today there are many who have a sincere desire to learn the truth but who need help. All of us can participate in the great work of bringing souls to Jesus. One of the great personal workers of recent times was long-time preacher and missionary Otis Gatewood. Brother Gatewood writes, “You can do personal work if you will. Fill your heart with the love of God. Pray for wisdom and zeal. Then go out and begin.” He suggests several steps to get started:
Start where you are – you don’t have to go away from home, but can begin where you are. Take time to get to know someone and show an interest in what they are interested in. You’ll be surprised where it might lead.
Look for opportunities – a simple kind word or invitation to study the Bible has led countless thousands to Christ. Who knows how many would become Christians if we would only take the time to invite them to church?
Begin with your own family – people can tell when you really love them, and our relatives should already know that about us. Even if you don’t know as much about the Bible as you would like, chances are you know much more than you think. Share what you know about the Lord and his church with your family.
Look for the small things you can do – good deeds of kindness and service can go a long way in reaching someone for Christ. When they know how much you care, it will be amazing the influence you will have. Believe you can, and soon you will!
Over fifty years ago Norvel Young wrote, “The Christian is the one who cares. He cares for his fellowman. He is concerned so much that he prays for him, loves him, seeks to share Christ with him. He realized that Christianity is not primarily institutional, but personal and individualÖWe are won to win. We are saved to save. We are caught by the gospel to catch men for Christ!”