Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples to spread the Good News to the entire world. While His messengers go to the ends of the earth, to far away countries, to remote places and isolated tribes, what about us, living in Dublin? Each one of us can find his or her mission-place in the urban jungle and the following presentation will plainly show it.
The Sabbath School lesson for this week is entitled Ministering like Jesus. And even if you didn’t go far into the lesson, at least its first page carries a most important quote:
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, p. 143.
Do you want a method to reach people? Well, there is one and one only which will give you success. See it in its 5 steps:
- Mingling with people.
- Show compassion.
- Minister their needs.
- Win their confidence.
- Invite to follow.
It looks like many times we skip some steps, even going bold to the last step. Some other times we assume people have already come a long way and we have won their confidence. Each of Christ’s workers are invited to become aware of this method and then apply it accordingly.
When we say (1) “mingle with the people” we want to do it as ones who are desiring their good. Just be there, smile, pat on the shoulder, look into their eyes. You cannot reach them staying behind a glass.
(2) Show compassion. Please don’t ask them “what have you done?”, “how come you are here”… instead ask “have you eaten anything?” One of our volunteer testified that a person whom he was talking on the street, late in the evening, confessed to him: “you are the first person I talk to today”
(3) Minister their needs. Not once, not twice, we gave more than food. Clothes, toiletries, advice, money, sleeping bags, called a hostel, called the ambulance. Their need is the point of contact. If that person asks for help, you have reached the first steps.
(4) Win their confidence. Many times after you give without any expectations you’ll see that people open more. You get a name – suddenly he/she is not a stranger anymore. You learn about his family, or a tragedy past, or even a continuous struggle. That person talks to someone who does not want to take any advantage of his/her dire straits.
(5) Invite to follow. We can not solve all the issues. But we can invite them to get courage, to keep going, and to have hope. Right there on the street we prayed with people (upon their request). Right there others joined us in free service. Right there we spoke about God, the Great Controversy, #theSaturdayPeople.
Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people.Ministry of Healing, Ellen G. White
Last year this time we were helping others, and we were only dreaming of things on our own. Today we talk about a strong team (a team of teams), a budget, we talk about continuity and growing. #theSaturdayPeople
The fruits will come at their appointed time. Let’s pray that God leads for future developments: having our own building (as a church), where ACS to have its own place, so that such a building will serve as a springboard for even better witnessing and community services.
You find your place in Jesus’ method. Maybe you’re not ready to talk to people about God, but you can minister people’s needs. Maybe you did not yet win their confidence, but you can still mingle as one desiring their good. Show compassion. Show Jesus. His method is for you!