In Washington D.C. in 1985, after attending a White House briefing, a friend and I were waiting for a taxi in front of the Old Executive Office Building. It was raining and a kind lady nearby offered to share her umbrella with us. While we waited together for the taxi, I engaged the lady in conversation. I asked her a few questions and shared the gospel with her. She was very open and we had prayer together, and she confessed her faith in Jesus. The whole encounter took less than about ten minutes.
Our Unconscious Influence
Not realizing it at the time, but that experience had a profound impact on my friend Brian. It inspired him to become more intentional and proactive about sharing the gospel. A few years ago Brian and I reconnected and he told me that he has continued to share his faith on a regular basis. He said that, on average, he had seen two or three people a week respond to the Lord and confess their faith in Christ. Brian is a great example of how the Lord honors His Word as we sow it into the lives of others. It is also an example of the value of mentoring and modeling our walk with the Lord. One author has referred to the power of our unconscious influence on others.
Passing it On
During the “Jesus Movement” of the 1970s, there was a phrase in a popular song, “It Only Takes a Spark to Get a Fire Going.” The actual title of the song was “Pass It On” by composer Kurt Kaiser. Many students and young people were ignited with great passion during those days for sharing the Gospel on college and university campuses around the country. In fact, that song has had impact around the world. In 2015, while conducting an Orality Training for pastors in Zimbabwe, I happened to mention that song. One of the pastors spontaneously begin singing the song, and others new the words and joined in. The first verse of that song goes like this:
It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around, can warm up in its glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you’ve experienced it, you spread His love to everyone
You want to pass it on
In my own journey, I have experienced how influencing one person, moved by the Holy Spirit, can get a passion and become activated in sharing and introducing others to Christ. Only the Lord knows the multiplying impact one transformed life can have on many others over time.
Small Things, Having Big Impact
Think about what it takes to ignite a movement, to build a business, or grow a church or organization. What are the principles that enable each of us, as followers of Jesus, to make the greatest possible contribution to advancing the Kingdom of God? These are important questions to ponder, and I suggest there are some simple and understandable answers. The parables of mustard seed and yeast that Jesus talked about are examples of Kingdom principles, that can become catalysts to start movements that change the world. From these parables, we learn that little things can have major impact. Examples in the New Testament would be the Samaritan Woman at the Well, the demon-possessed Gerasene, and Phillip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. These show how God can use one person to impact a community, a region or even an entire nation.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service