I’ve recently read about two ideas that should reorient our thinking. I referred to the first one in a recent sermon. It had to do with a dynamic ministry of a pastor in China. His ministry had brought literally thousands of people to faith in Christ. His program was simply to pray! That’s not unlike what we see as the approach of the first Christians. They prayed. They prayed a lot. They did a lot more praying than they did preaching. Their response to every situation was to pray. If we want to make an impact I suspect that’s where we should start. After all, we know for a fact that in the end it requires the work of the Spirit of God to change hearts so that people can put faith in Jesus. We cannot change hearts, so the only thing we can do to foster that is pray!
Myers said none of these things were dramatic. But, he concluded, “to be the church all we do is keep our eyes and ears open to the people around us, and try to show them love in whatever way we can.” He’s exactly right. That’s what it means to be salt and light, to love the people that God brings into our path, and to pray that God uses us to nudge them down the road to faith in Jesus. And that’s how we can make a difference in this world.