Thoughts on Outreach Part 3
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
In addition to slowing down and preparing for outreach, it is also crucial that we are open to outreach opportunities. We need to be open to testing the “doors” (opportunities) God brings into our lives, even if it means stepping out of our comfort zones in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Here are a few ways we can become more open to outreach opportunities in our daily lives.
We can pray for the people that we encounter on a daily basis. If you are riding public transportation, in a coffee shop or restaurant, or at work, pray that those who are around you will be open to the God who loves them and desires to reconcile them to himself. You never know what prayer can lead to.
If you find yourself in a conversation, don’t say “no” for the other person. Be willing to incorporate the gospel into your conversation; you never know how open they may be!
As you get to know others, discuss your mutual interests and passions. For example, if you both enjoy literature, ask them which works have a meaningful impact upon them and why those works do. Ask clarifying questions so that you understand where they are coming from.
Always be willing to give honest answers to the questions others will ask of you, but be sure to apply the principle of wisdom to the situation.
Finally, in any outreach opportunity it is important to rest in the assurance of God’s sovereignty and the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and open hearts. By trusting in these truths, we can become more open to testing the opportunities God brings to us.