This morning at church I met a new gal named Kim. She has only been in Mesa for a month and began attending church about three weeks ago. Through our conversation I invited her to our gal’s Bible study and shared that we are going to study the book of Jonah this quarter. She looked at me puzzled and I gave the quick response, “you know the story of the guy who gets swallowed by the big fish.” To my surprise she said, “no idea what you are talking about, but I’ll come.”
WOW! Kim is longing for relationship and friendship. I can’t wait for Kim to find out all about Jonah and even more that that… I can’t wait for her to find out about God from the book of Jonah. Jonah isn’t as much a story of the man as it is about our God and His love for people, even people who don’t know Him and have lived in disobedience all their lives.
I know God wants a relationship with Kim and I am praying He will use her friendship with me to help her find Him. But this new relationship is going to take time and like many of you, I have so little time left to give because other commitments are standing in our way. I am learning, the hard way, that I need to be careful to whom and to what I give my time.
As Christ followers we find ourselves wanting to reach out to everyone who walks through our doors as well as those on the outside who have not yet felt compelled to enter in. Being able to discern who to invest in relationally is something God will show us as we are obedient to Him. Isaiah tells “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” (Isaiah 30:21)
God is going to place the people in our path to whom we should have a relational commitment. We just have to be looking and listening and we must be walking in obedience! These people are on both ends of the spectrum from those we need to encourage as well as those we need in our life to encourage us!
That’s exactly what we at the Southwest Church Connection are offering to those in ministry. Our desire is to come alongside you and offer encouragement as you continue serving in the local church. We do this through many different venues from Connection Groups to regional trainings and retreats. I hope you will find God urging you to allow us to come alongside you and invest in your life and in the life of your church.
Our next Remedy training event is in Yuma on March 7th. Our time together will offer training and encouragement that is specific to the southwest region of Arizona. Meeting the needs that are unique to this border city and the surrounding area. You will meet people who are serving, just like you, and may even find someone to be your champion in ministry.
Don’t miss God’s calling to become relationally committed to those who are serving with you in the southwest!