Taking People With You

Are You Taking People With You?

Back when I was travelling more extensively I travelled around 180 days a year.

I’ve been to some seriously incredible places!

I’ve also been to some seriously “interesting” places.

It’s part and parcel of what I do that I occasionally find myself in places where people believe very different things about God and the gospel than I do.

In those times I have a choice to make.

Do I share with people everything I believe, most likely offending them all, causing them to become closed off to everything I share and never get invited back?

Or do I try and figure out how I can take them just a few steps in the right direction and invest in them and the journey God has them on?

By trying to figure out where people are in their walks with God and join Him in what He’s doing in their lives I’ve found infinitely more fruit to be produced.

It’s easy when we are excited about the truth to run around and tell people how wrong they are – and all with a good heart too!

But the truth is we ourselves are still wrong about a lot of stuff. And whether we are willing to admit it or not we’d probably reject the truth if it hit us like a freight train.

We often need the truth to come in the right package.

Paul explained that he himself would become a Jew to the Jews and a Gentile to the Gentiles.

We too need to think about the people God has put in our lives and how we can come alongside them on the journey God is taking them on.

Because I want to be a catalyst to their journey… Not a hindrance!

I want to take people with me, not leave them behind.

How about you?

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3 Comments

  1. Wow, that was great.
    At this moment I’m struggling with this issue, but I’m going to follow your advice and see how the Lord open new ways.

  2. Phil, you are exactly correct. I used to believe (and strongly felt) that if I wasn’t speaking the whole “truth” at all times, I was letting God down. I am not advocating NOT telling the truth but rather as you are saying give people what they can handle at any given time. I have been around those that feel the need to correct fellow Christians that don’t understand grace and in the process they have alienated many. Not because the people don’t want to know the truth but more so because the message bearer was rude and obnoxious and their audience decided they didn’t like the person and didn’t like being talked down to.

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