I want to close out this week's devotions by sharing with you some of the thoughts that I have been wrestling with. We are part of Raceway Ministries work at the Martinsville Speedway this weekend which is one of my favorite things to do. Mostly that is because of the conversations we get to have with people about Jesus.
Jesus conversations is where we are able to point people to something bigger, better, stronger and more sustaining than anything else in world. Yet I fear that in me and maybe inside you we are not having enough Jesus conversations in our lives. In our hearts. With ourselves. Even with God.
Are we having those conversations? They will change our lives. Here are some I am having:
Colossians 3:2 NASB
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
John 12:32 NLT
And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.
"whoever shows up the most in peoples lives is going to win the battle of influence" -- Matthew Barnett
"when God can trust you with influence He will trust you with blessing" -- Matthew Barnett
We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed. -- Brother Lawrence
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. -- Mother Teresa
Intense love does not measure, it just gives. -- Mother Teresa
As Jesus wept over Jerusalem because it did not know the things that lead to peace, Jesus must be weeping over America today. -- Shane Claiborne
When the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning. And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end. -- Shane Claiborne
Romans 5:5 NLT
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Matthew 20:28 NLT
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
I pray that our Jesus conversations will lead people to have lives transformed by God. Our lives changed first and then others. But it begins with starting the conversation. Get alone and have a conversation. Then talk to someone else. Lets have some Jesus conversations!