Evangelism has been described as “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread”. It isn’t hard, but the first beggar has to possess two qualities: unselfishness & an overflowing joy in the reality of being fed. In the cell family that gathers we will need a reminder of the fact that we were once beggars and found the answer to our hunger in Christ’s provision for our salvation. Over time we can simply get used to being well fed while forgetting about the hunger we used to experience. Our culture of news media also numbs us to the reality of real people who are bound for hell without Jesus, when we see depicted in a short 30-minute broadcast, hundreds of people washed away in a flood or lives destroyed by earthquake or fire and then turn to one another and ask, “what’s for dinner?”
Urgency in the cell must be fostered by a loving leader who rightfully discerns the need of the community around them and plans for action to literally save the lost. It is better to work as a team in prayer first, winning the victory in the spirit, and then moving to that action plan for telling the other beggars where we found food.
This is simple and brief, but my daughter’s wedding was on Saturday and I am just getting my feet back under me! The wedding was spectacular and we are thrilled to have added a son to our growing family. Be blessed in Jesus name.