DO YOU SEE PEOPLE? LEFT OUTS DROP OUTS LOCKED OUTS OPT OUTS
PEOPLE Evangelism is not about prospects, it is about people! See People first! The question is not “what can they do for us?” but rather, “what Christ can do for them!” Luke 5 – The calling of the disciples illustrates Jesus’ ability to see the need and potential of people. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MATTHEW (LEVI)? JESUS SEES THE NEED AND POTENTIAL OF EVERYONE.
People Matt. 9:36 is a summary of Jesus’ ministry. “When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them.” When Jesus sees people, He sees their pain and hopelessness. Do you think people without Jesus are helpless and hopeless? It’s not simply that hope exists, the truth is that you represent that hope!
How to Draw People to Jesus 1) Use bait. 2) Be approachable. Luke 8:2 “A man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him.” 3) Put people’s needs over institutions and regulations. John 5:6 The man by the pool of Bethesda is a pitiful story. “Do you want to get well”? Lk. 13:10-17 Jesus heals a woman disabled for 18 years. Leader of the synagogue shows more concern for animals than for people.
How to Draw People to Jesus 4) Do the unexpected. Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman. He invited Himself to the home of Zacchaeus. He went to the home of Simon the leper and allowed a woman to anoint Him with oil. Mark 14:3-11
How to Draw People to Jesus 5) Look for those who appear invisible to others. Zacchaeus was a hated tax collector. Mt. 15:23 Canaanite mother cried for liberation of her daughter and disciples are embarrassed by her behavior. Can you list other invisible people Jesus saw? Lepers, fallen women, children, known sinners, tax collectors, political leaders. Left outs, Locked outs, Drop outs, Opt outs?
Questions to Ponder What did Jesus see that led Him to select the disciples? What did Jesus see in us? Why did Jesus notice people others overlooked?
Questions to Ponder Who are the “invisible people” in your sphere of influence? How can I become more approachable? What unexpected act of kindness can I do this week?