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When Peter first set out to preach the gospel, the Scriptures tell us that 3,000 people came to faith in Christ (see Acts 2:41). He probably didn’t have any idea what was about to happen, but as Christianity continued to spread people began to expect the unexpected.
As we go out to make disciples, we read these kinds of stories and may dream of reaching thousands of people with the gospel, or we may dream of having that one friend or family member cross the line of faith.
Sometimes, these dreams may be fulfilled quickly. You may share the gospel and your story of transformation with somebody else and God may be working deep beneath the surface in their life in ways you weren’t aware. After sharing your story, they place their faith and trust in Christ.
Other times, you may share your story only to have your friend turn away. In these moments, don’t be too discouraged or hard on yourself. Instead, continue to keep them in your prayers. Keep planting and watering seeds, and allow God to take care of the growth in their life.
READING & PRAYERS:
1 CORINTHIANS 3:6-9 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: Can you think of some other ways to expect the unexpected when it comes to making disciples?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Are you overcommitting?Practice slowing down and living life at the pace of your soul by utilizing the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know it’s impossible to know with 100% certainty what will happen when I set out to make disciples of all nations. Because of this, may I set out with the confidence that You are the one ultimately at work. I may plant or water a seed, but You are the one who makes it grow. May I rest in this truth today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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