During the upcoming month, I’m excited (and quite nervous) to be participating with other Christians around the world in GO Month (Global Outreach Month). Our Indigitous network has prepared a 31-day challenge, in which I am participating.
In the last year, God has circumstantially brought me to a place of having over 20 non-Christian friends who I see regularly. Most of them seem to have no interest in Jesus. Recently I’ve been impressed with the thought and weighty stewardship that I might be the only person in these people’s lives who is praying for them. As such, I’ve been seeking to carve out intentional time, early in the morning, each week to pray for these friends.
As I think about my friends, I really want them to know and experience the Jesus with whom I enjoy a relationship. I observe their lives, watch their activities, and long for them to come to know the peace, satisfaction, and redemption that I’ve found with God through a relationship with Jesus.
It excites me to know that I can push myself towards more intentional engagement with my friends.
Where I get nervous is when I feel like I might offend them. Or they might feel targeted or like they’re my project I’m trying to convince of my beliefs. I wrestle with whether I can truly share with them how Jesus is relevant to them and to our culture today.
But, the more I think about it, the more I realize that my motives are pure and my heart is to care. To my friends, talking about deeper matters is generally a conversation they want to have. In other words, even though it might feel awkward to me, it doesn’t feel awkward to them.
Despite my fears of awkwardness and rejection, I’ve told myself I just need to follow the challenge, adapt it to my circumstances, and see how God will show up. This morning I took a moment of quiet reflection and listed six of my friends. I want to pray and trust God for some intentional spiritual conversation with those friends this month and I’m excited to see how God will work.