Because They Said Yes
by Melanie Wai
Your venture with Jesus probably didn’t begin with Jesus.
I got to thinking about that statement. I got to thinking about when my venture with Jesus began. And the more I thought about it, the more I thought, “you know, I don’t think my venture with Jesus even began in my lifetime.” And if you’ll just bear with me, I’ll try and explain.
First of all, I am blessed beyond measure! Even with all the experiences in my life, including the bad, God has shown Himself to be an amazing, gracious and loving Savior! As I look back and think of all the people that helped steer me back when I had lost my way, or who had adjusted my course as I was first learning walk with Him…
They are part of my venture.
I think back to the time as a child when I first accepted Christ…it was my sweet mother who led me through those steps.
She is part of my venture.
But before I was ready for that decision, there were all the bumps, scrapes and growth that led up to it. The times with my family, my father’s leadership of our household and his spiritual example.
He is part of my venture.
But all of that never would have happened if they hadn’t done it too. If someone hadn’t invested in their lives and invited them into this grand venture with Jesus.
What would have happened if they had said no?
Not only would my life be different, lost and without Jesus. But I am quite certain, thousands of others as well.
But they didn’t say no. They said yes. And because they said yes, I said yes.
When Jesus invites you into His “Follow Me” venture, venture on!
Now it’s our turn. It’s our turn to invite people in. It’s our turn to bless!
B – Begin with prayer: Pray for the people in your life and the places that your in.
L – Listen: Listen to and discover the needs of others and the places where God is at work.
E – Eat: Share meals and spend time with people in your life.
S – Serve: Respond to the needs of others and help them in practical and impactful ways.
S – Story: Share the story of Jesus and what He is doing in your life.
You’re only answer is yes. There is no greater thing to invite people into than this.
Be that person who started another person’s venture with God! It could make a difference for generations to come.
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