“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
– 1 Peter 3:15
I’ve had many Kingdom ambassadors cross my path during the course of my life, but perhaps none stand out as much as a couple of neighbors who simply made themselves available to me and my family during an important season of life. When I was fifteen, there was a guy who lived to the right of us who was a Christian, and he taught me to build things, to use tools, and even to locksmith. However, he warned me sternly not to go to the Meachum’s house, even though they lived right behind us. While they, too, were Christian people, they were pentecostal and were thus perceived by this more conservative friend as being kind of crazy. Thankfully, my sister Angie didn’t think much of his warning, so she began going over to visit the Meachum’s regularly, and slowly but surely, I witnessed a change in her life. The proof was in the pudding for me, so I decided to pay a visit with her one day, and I quickly realized that the Meachum’s weren’t strange at all. In fact, they were some of the most loving, kind, and Godly people I had ever met. Though they didn’t have to, they began to invest in me through prayer, discussion, and fellowship, and one time they prophesied over my life, and everything they said came true later on. While I certainly knew about being a Christian before meeting them, I didn’t want to become one until I actually saw Jesus so clearly in and through them. When I observed the vitality of their faith, I realized for the first time that I wanted God to live in me, too. In fact, because the Lord saw fit to place me in the path of these faithful servants, not only was my future impacted, but so was the spiritual life of my entire family.
My friend, the most important thing you can do as an ambassador for Jesus is to simply make yourself available. When you are willing to love and care for the people the Lord places in your path, He will multiply your impact and use you to change the eternal destinies of others. Never underestimate the power of taking time to care for and invest in your friends and neighbors, even through simple acts like having a conversation, offering a prayer, or sharing a meal. When you approach every encounter prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have, the Holy Spirit will work through you to bless, speak to, convict, and affirm those around you, and the Kingdom of God will expand as a result.
Jesus, I make myself available to you today; use my life to bless and encourage everyone who crosses my path.
Who will you make yourself available to today?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.