,While preparing for our Tuesday visit to Step By Step Recovery at a meeting for those who did not have jobs or were in community service, I said a simple prayer. "Lord just open up one person's heart today to talk about you. Just One, Lord!"
This meeting may only bring 6-10 folks in, but I have been here before in many places where it begins this small, and this was only our third meeting.
And, probably the most important lesson learned from over 25 years in ministry is that God wants us to do this one person at a time. So having only five show up lessened the odds of just one.
I remember some of the times when Jesus would teach the truth and provide hope, but folks would turn away. When he went into places where the non-religious people were, he didn't always have success unless there was a miracle involved. I had no miracles this day, just a topic on grace and a pocket full of faith.
As God usually does when our intentions are on him, he came through in a big way. No, let me change that, he came through in a unanimous way. There wasn't just one who spoke about him, but five. Often in these small intimate groups, the truth of people's hearts is forthcoming. The more the meeting went on, the more excited I got. and it was all I could do to not give an altar call!
Serving is not about the quantity of people you reach, it is about bringing quality to the people you do reach and impacting their hearts in a quantitative way.
The Good News is far greater than the bad news morality our society preaches: get more, do more, be more, take more, and you never have more enough.
That message is the fuel that powers addiction and simply showing the alternative, that message that God can take you much higher than any illegal substance, has a profound effect on ears that will listen. All we have to be is the messenger.
And pray first, Just One, Lord!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.