The Person Closest to the Need
Throughout the business world, companies are flattening their organizational structures to put the decision making powers in the hands of those who are closest to the point of highest impact.
Men and women who will be affected most by the decision are given the power to make those decisions. The assumption is those people who are closest to the issue have the best understanding of the issue and how best to solve the related problems.
This has always been the guiding philosophy of ministry in the church. Every Christ-follower has been given spiritual gifts to share in the ministry of Christ and His church. We are then placed in neighborhoods, offices, schools and communities where our gifts can best be used for the sake of the gospel. Each of us has been entrusted with an opportunity to be part of what God is doing in the world.
And what is God doing? He’s doing the same thing He’s always done – seeking the lost.
That means, as followers of Christ, we’ll follow Him to those places where ministry is most needed.
Those places are closer than we think. Sometimes they’re right next door or across the street.
Sometimes they’re in our office or with those who share the same hobby.
We know who those people are. We know someone needs to share Jesus with them.
We just don’t know who will. . .
Well, now you do. You are.
Jesus put you there… right next to the person who needs to hear about Jesus.
You’re the person closest to the need.