Love is Our Highest Calling - Prayer Tents
Written June 9, 2020
“Interested” People (the “Interested”)
Prayer Tents coined the term “interested” (people) to signify people who have a newly found desire to seek great meaning in life.
The world is busy, and Satan keeps it that way, so that people do not need to think about their greater callings in life or their fate after their life here on earth. Older people keep their nose down in delivering for their companies or their businesses, while students may be busy with their studies and/or modern electronics. Regardless of sources for busyness, majority of people would not be receptive to the Gospel, the Good News Jesus offers them, when the Christians “feel” ready.
This is why many “evangelism” methods do not work. Some people print out tracts to distribute it randomly. Some churches gather after Lord’s Day worship service to go to a nearby supermarket to greet people, play worship songs and invite people to the Lord. At times, even Christians that pass by get frustrated because they just want to get their shopping done and get back to family! These methods of evangelism have not worked, and though some continue, many churches have stopped evangelism efforts because they feel it is futile. (We missed that Jesus commanded us to “make disciples” instead of doing random work to hopefully win someone over).
“Interested” people are those whom God calls out of their busy cycles of life to draw them to Himself. This can be through a sudden change in their lives such as loss of job, loss of a loved one, perhaps a personal revelation, unexpected healing, an answer to a prayer, or an undeniable encounter with God. Out of their routines, these people are now thinking about meaning in life, or significance in their destiny, or even if there is a God. They are asking how can I come to know this God, does this God care about me or where I am going, and how can He help me in my current situation?
Responses from most church leaders would not work, which is “come to our service at 11am on Lord’s Day for worship.” Worship is always great, but it is generally for people that have encountered Christ and have given their lives to Him. For the “Interested,” better response is love, which is relationship over time. The first step of course is to invite and welcome them. What better way than a group of people who already have a strong relationship between one another going after their God-called destinies? – small groups!
Everyone is “interested” in God at different stages of life as God allows. Instead of pleasing other Christians to go out when it is convenient for them, let us be ready to welcome the “Interested” when God calls them. This can occur as we continue to meet in our small groups and grow together in discipleship with one another in love.