One principle to make disciples is to determine what they need

Your Neighbor Needs What You Have
He Went to Him – Part 2

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20

Key Verse: Luke 10:33

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

As we read yesterday, to fulfill the Great Commission that Jesus gave us, we must go.  Not only must we go to the unbeliever, we must determine what they need if they are going to be able to listen to us.  In the story of the Good Samaritan in verse 33 we read these words: “He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine.”  The Good Samaritan did what Jesus told His disciples to do.  How can anyone make a disciple of Jesus unless we go to them and minister to their needs first?

Will you see someone today that is hurting?  My guess is that you will see more than one person who is hurting in one way or another.  Would you be willing to pray for discernment from God so you can determine who to minister to?  God may be doing some particular work in a person and He might direct your attention to that person.  It is that person, above all the others, that God would want you to truly go to and meet a need; find their need and offer to help.  More times than not, this simple act will open the door to talking about spiritual issues.

If our kindness does not open the person’s heart to discussions about God’s love, then we have done what we should do anyway—help people.  It often takes a long-term relationship for some people to cross over to faith!

Father, I am willing to be an instrument in your hand today.  Grant me discernment to who you are working with and I’ll be obedient to do my part.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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