Opportunity Zones

Keep praying. Pay attention when you offer prayers of thanksgiving. At the same time also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to speak the word so that we may tell the mystery about Christ. It is because of this mystery that I am a prisoner. Pray that I may make this mystery as clear as possible. This is what I have to do.

Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside ⌊the Christian faith⌋. Make the most of your opportunities.

Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:2‭-‬6 GW

So then, be very careful how you live. Don’t live like foolish people but like wise people. Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants.

Ephesians 5:15‭-‬17 GW

He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth.

1 Timothy 2:4 GW

Regardless of where you live, there is great opportunity all around you.

Opportunity to share the Good News.

What is God’s will?

He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth.

How’s that going to happen?

Somebody’s going to have to step up and step outside of their comfort zone.

It’s easy to do nothing.

But that’s not what God requires of us.

He calls us to become disciples.

Self-disciplined ambassadors of Christ.

What does an ambassador do?

They represent the Kingdom and advocate for the interests of their King.

Ambassadors are not silent witnesses.

They speak up.

And they speak with authority.

The Lord has given us delegated authority to act on His behalf.

Truly, we’re just vessels of His Glory and Grace.

We do not deserve any special praise.

We’re just servants doing what we’re told.

I’m trying to figure out how to create a culture of evangelism in the public school district zone I live in.

It wasn’t my idea.

I just stumbled upon a group of Christian churches that all serve together in the same district and I thought, “That makes sense.”

We all have a shared interest in bettering our community and protecting our future, our children.

What makes a local church?

Location.

It makes sense that churches that are all in a close proximity should band together to achieve greater Gospel impact.

Evangelism isn’t something that comes naturally.

It’s a spiritual discipline that needs to be developed and exercised to yield fruit in due season.

It’s also the responsibility of every believer to be ready to confidently share their faith in a respectful and persuasive fashion.

As with most things, nature gives us the proper metaphor to learn from.

If you want to harvest a crop, you have to do the dirty work first.

Plow.

Plant.

Water.

Wait.

Harvest.

Plowing is prayer walking and intercession.

Get familiar with your neighborhood and surroundings and pray as if every stranger’s eternal destination was dependent on your fervent prayers.

This will build love in your heart for your target audience in your opportunity zone.

It’s also spiritual warfare that will soften your target’s hearts.

Plus, people will start to recognize your face.

That’s the person I always see walking around here.

When it comes time to talk, they’ll already have a natural curiosity about you.

Planting seeds is speaking the truth.

Watering is acts of kindness, like community outreach.

Waiting is using wisdom and being patient.

Don’t try to close the deal too quickly.

Overenthusiastic evangelism yields false conversions.

This is where the gift of prophetic evangelism is so beneficial.

God will highlight people who are ready to take the plunge.

Often, life’s circumstances have to do their work before people are ready to repent and accept a new way of life.

You don’t know what people are going through unless you ask.

Be a friend of God.

Be a friend to people you don’t know yet.

We are saved by and in relationship to Christ and His Body.

I pray that the Lord would impress upon you the urgency of our times.

I pray that He would give you a heart for the lost.

Would you see them as He does, worth laying down your life for?

God give us wisdom and revelation to carry out your plan.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

I didn’t completely expound on the Plow, Plant, Water, Wait, Harvest metaphor of community evangelism.

I’m not sure if it’s even Biblically accurate.

So I invite your feedback and thoughts in the comments section below.

I don’t have all the answers.

But I’ve got questions.

How do we create a culture of evangelism?

And who wants to collaborate on implementation?

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