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To-Do Lists and Divine Appointments

canstockphoto4798292Are you negligent in sharing the Gospel?

I am.   I tend to live in my own world.

– Solving my own problems.
– Rushing to the next thing.
– Hurrying through the grocery store.
– Driving in traffic.
– Cleaning toilets, sweeping floors.
– Avoiding people.

Being task oriented, sharing the Gospel is not on my to-do list.
My agenda is what matters.

However, recently I decided to pray for change.

Now, every morning, I pray for God to provide divine appointments.

He is at work in the lives of people, so I ask Him to drop them in my path.

I even put tracts in my foyer, in hopes a lost person will stumble to my doorstep.

It Finally Happened

Well, last night, it finally happened. While cruising through Walmart, wishing I wasn’t there and eager to get home, I asked an employee for sesame seeds.

She was a Hindu lady from Nepal. Friendly and eager to serve, she walked me up and down aisles, refusing to give up on our hunt for sesame seeds.

I knew this was the opportunity I had been praying for.  It was easy.

She was eager to hear the Good News.    She listened with a hungry heart.

And she was even unconcerned about the people around us who heard our conversation.

After sharing the Gospel, I left her a tract.    Hopefully, I will see her again. If not, I know seeds were planted.

I wonder how many lost people—people unsatisfied with life and searching for a Savior—I have passed in the aisles of Walmart.    Probably a lot.

Sadly, for years, I have been too consumed with myself and my to-do list to notice.

I Want To Be Faithful

I want to be faithful in God’s agenda:  redeeming souls.
It’s great to check off my to-do list, but it’s FAR greater to share the Gospel.

Divine appointments will come, but we must ask for them and wait patiently.  God is eager to engage us in His redemptive work.

Have you had any divine appointments?   If so, please share them.   It encourages and sharpens the body of Christ to hear what God is doing!

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    Linda says

    I read this at work today…re: not being in a hurry but waiting on God to orchestrate divine appointments in our every day life (He does and He will):

    A few years ago, two Princeton University psychologists decided to replicate the story of the Good Samaritan with seminary students. The seminarians were asked why they wanted to go into ministry. Most answered it was because they wanted to help people. The students were then asked to prepare a short sermon–half of them on the Good Samaritan and half on other topics–and told to go over to a building on campus to present their sermons.

    Along the way, the researchers had strategically positioned an actor to play the part of the man who was mugged in Jesus’ story. He was slumped over and groaning loud enough for passersby to hear.

    Then the researchers injected a variable. To some seminarians, the researchers said, “You’re late, they were expecting you a few minutes ago. You’d better hurry.” Others were told, “You’re early. They aren’t expecting you for a few minutes, but why don’t you start heading over there.”

    The results? Only 10 percent of the seminary students who were in a hurry stopped to help, while 63 percent of those who weren’t in a hurry stopped to help. In several cases, a seminary student going to give his talk on the parable of the Good Samaritan literally stepped over the victim as he hurried on his way!

    Hurry kills everything from compassion to creativity. When we’re in a hurry, there is seldom time for Spirit-led spontaneity. We can get so busy “doing ministry” that we don’t have time for ministry. Spiritual maturity has less to do with long-range plans than it does with moment-by-moment sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

    The way to walk in the Spirit isn’t by going faster and faster. The key is slowing down our pace, taking off our sandals, and experiencing God right here, right now. It’s this moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Spirit that turns life into an everyday adventure. (Wild Goose Chase, Mark Batterson)

    “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. (Gal.5:16)

    “He who hurries his footsteps errs.” (Prov. 19:2b)

    “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1)

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    April Fultz says

    What a great story Linda! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Praying you have a fruitful day today!

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