Now What?

 

by Charlie Marquis, Forge Speaker

So, God inspired you, challenged you, and gave you a vision. You are ready to live a life laboring for Jesus and his Kingdom and desire to impact others with His love! But maybe you’re asking, where do I begin? Now what?

Countless voices weigh into our lives, giving us direction – family, bosses, friends, media, fears, past failures, past successes, dreams and future goals, values, and the list goes on. Yet, Jesus said “all authority… has been given to me. Therefore, go…” (Matthew 28:18-19). Jesus has all authority! His voice has the most weight, and no one can stop Him. No one can tell Him to do something else: no person, no plan, no power. There are no obstacles for Him, no hindrances. Jesus has all authority, all power, all opportunity. Jesus even said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Literally, nothing can stop Jesus. Do you believe it?

He has already spoken “Go.” It is His will. He has already chosen us for His mission. He has already planned for disciples to be made and for lost people from every nation to know Him. Do you realize that? Does His voice have the greatest weight in your life? We have no reason to worry, no reason to fear, and no reason to fret about how to get the job done, for this King of Kings who holds all authority is with us! This Jesus, the one with all authority, says to us – to you and to me – “I will be with you always.”

So, first of all, be assured that His mission is His will and that He promises to be with you as you go – whether across the street or across the globe. Trust Him. Go to Him. Let Him lead you. Let His voice be the weightiest of them all. Has Jesus brought someone to mind and encouraged you to love them? Follow His lead!

Secondly, I want to leave you with a few tips of engagement. I hope these will give you some practical steps to take while going. But this is not the full list. Maybe you add some actions to this list. Or maybe you feel like you are not supposed to take some of these steps. That is okay because you have a higher authority – King Jesus Himself. Ask Jesus what to do and how to do it.

That being said, here are a few steps to engaging others with Jesus:

1. Listen to Jesus: Let His promise to “be with you always” have more weight/authority than any method, and more authority than any person that may oppose you, and more authority than any fear that may creep in. He is with you always. No one else will always be with you. But you can be assured, He will be… always.

2. Kingdom Hide and Seek: Keep your eyes open. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). In the midst of your daily minutes, look for moments that God could show up. He is already at work. So seek out the places and ways He is working and how you can join Him. Do you see someone in need – how you could help them? Do you see someone struggling – could you ask to pray for them right there in the moment? Do you see something amazing – how could you publicly glorify Jesus for it? Do you hear something that relates to your spiritual life – how can you share with others about what Jesus is doing in your own life?…

3. Question-Asking: “Be slow to speak and quick to listen” (James 1:19). You can practice this by becoming a good question-asker. Learn to ask questions. Learn some basic questions and memorize them if you must! Then once you ask a question and someone answers, learn to ask follow-up questions (How did you feel about that? What happened next? What do you hope for in this…?). People feel loved when you ask questions with a sincere desire to know – more of who they are, what they value, where they are in life, and what they have to say.

4. Question-Instigating: Find out ways to make statements that people will want to know more about, and statements that could lead to spiritual conversation if they are asked about. (For example: whenever people ask me what I do for my job I will say “I am a traveling speaker, but it wasn’t my idea. I did not plan to do it.” Of course many people will ask me “What do you mean? Why do you do it?” And then I can share my story of how Jesus changed my life and led me to do it). Has Jesus worked powerfully in certain areas of your life? Can you prepare and make conversational statements that will cause people to desire more? Those statements could lead to more conversation about those life areas! And in general, be different. Show love and light, allowing good things to flow out of your heart and life – especially in times of difficulty and suffering. Eventually people will want to know why.

5. How?: Not sure what exactly to do in some situations? Ask yourself, “What would love look like here?” and more specifically “What would the love of Jesus look like in this situation?” Show love and share love: live by both word and action. We must reveal God’s heart by how we live. We must also share who Jesus is with our mouths. A powerful way to share the good news of Jesus is to share your story or parts of your story. What has Jesus done in your life? Think about it and come up with ways to talk about it, both briefly and in more detail if people ask.

6. Who?: Not sure who exactly to love, invest in, or share with? Ask Jesus, “Are there any specific people you want me to reach out to and invest in?” or “Are there any specific places you want me to spend more time at?”

7. Hungry People: Look for people who are hungry for more. As you do everything up to this point, keep your natural eyes and spiritual eyes open to those who may seem genuinely interested in more – those who ask more questions, have an engaged disposition, and open heart.

8. Rejection?: It is okay if you are rejected at some point. Simply keep going. Jesus promised some would reject us but in reality they are rejecting Him (Luke 10:16). Don’t take it personally. Rather, engage in the fellowship of sharing in Christ’s rejections in those moments – I know you’ll experience greater nearness to Jesus as a result, as it is written “I want to know Christ… and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings” (Philippians 3:10).

9. Fear?: Don’t let fear have the final say. It is so easy to let the fear of rejection run its course. Flip it on its head. Allow it to push you to cling more to Jesus. For “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you” (1 Peter 4:14). Don’t forget – even in your fear, rejection, and suffering – Jesus says, “I am with you always.”

Other Resources to Equip You:

8 Ways to Easily Be Missional:

8 Ways to Easily Be Missional

Mobilized For Mission – Laura Bulgrien. July 20, 2017:

Mobilized for Mission

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