Doing What You Love for the Least
Can linguists be good church planters? Stated another way: Can a task-oriented, naturally geeky person who loves to spend time alone with books rather than people be a church planter? After all, church planting is basically building relationships, investing in people, getting in the muck of people’s lives – the opposite of what I am naturally good at. My motto is this: find a way to do what you love for the One you love and for the ones He loves. In other words, take the things you naturally love and use them for Jesus and his Great Commission.
For some geeky reason, I love stories, literature, computers, languages. I had to find a way to use those things to build a bridge to a people who had no followers of Jesus. When I lived among a previously unengaged people, I thought and thought and realized that, among this people group, the stories of the Old Testament were the one thing that both of our cultures had in common and already loved. So, I set out to translate those stories and learn them in the local language and then put them into a format people could easily remember and pass on. When people heard these stories, they got happy and I got to share with them what I naturally loved. It was a good match.
Funny thing is, I have ministered all over the world now, and I find that people always love a good story. When stories are combined with love, Jesus becomes manifest and churches do get planted. So, yes, a linguist can be a church planter.
What are you good at? I know there is an unengaged people group out there that would love to be the recipient of the good gifts God put in you. I am convinced that if we would take our gifts, no matter how insignificant, unsuited, or weak they may seem, and boldly offer them to Jesus to use in glorifying his name among unengaged peoples that we could finish this task. Too many of us just say, “I’m too…,” or “I’m not good enough….” That’s not the spirit of Jesus.
The Spirit of Jesus says that he has uniquely equipped each one of us to fulfill certain parts of the Great Commission. What will you bring to the task?
As men and women of Issachar, be challenged to:
1. Identify what you love or are good at. Sewing? Making Money? Establishing Businesses? Biking? Running?,
2. Identify an unengaged people group. Check them out at finishingthetask.com and http:// joshuaproject.net/!
3. Begin to pray about how your gifts can be used (perhaps in conjunction with an existing ministry) to reach that people group.
Written by Dr. Pam Arlund