Plus 1

Often when the Holy Spirit begins to challenge me in area that I need to grow in, to obey or to have deeper understanding of truth, it can seem abstract and very general. I can have good intentions to engage the Holy Spirit in transformation, but I found that it really helps me when I can verbalize a plus 1. What is one small step I can take in order to respond to what the Holy Spirit is doing?

My heart is very aware of how many people I know and love that are far from Jesus. Knowing the great gift of mercy I have received and what new life is like, I desire for everyone to have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It feels overwhelming at times. How do I know when to share? When do I initiate? When do I wait for him/her to bring it up? Would they know how to bring it up? I don’t want to ruin friendships but I also want to speak truth. Is it ever comfortable to speak truth?

The plus 1 that the Lord has shown me in this area is to create a oikos map. The word oikos in the Bible is used to describe the immediate relationships that exist in a persons life. As I think through the areas of influence that are naturally already part of life, I can easily see who I rub shoulders with that might now be walking in a right relationship with Jesus. My family, neighbors, the work place, where I go to the gym, and the coffee shop I use often all provide a list of people that I would love to experience the love and grace of Jesus.

Oikos

I don’t know every one on this map very well. Sure my family I know well and I have been praying for them. Others are places I visit often enough that there are familiar faces. This gives me a tangible way to pray for them daily and ask the Lord to open opportunities for each one to have an open heart for the gospel. I can also the Lord to show me who He has been working in that I might share with this week. I can pray for boldness to share the gospel. Every week when I meet with my church or friend who we spiritually encourage one another, I can take my map out and update it celebrating opportunities the Lord had given and add new names to people I have met. What I can do is to commit to praying every day for these people. Here is my plus 1.

What would be a plus 1 for you to be more intentional about sowing seeds of truth and grace in your areas of influence? Maybe the Oikos Map will help you!

Sarah Bedi serving in Luleå, bedi45@gmail.com

What would be a plus 1 for you to be more intentional about sowing seeds of truth and grace in your areas of influence? Maybe the Oikos Map will help you!

Sarah Bedi serving in Luleå, bedi45@gmail.com

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Sarah Bedi

Enjoying the different seasons of life with incredible people along the way. I love grabbing coffee and getting to connect and share life. Adventure, culture, reading, watching movies, chilling at home, kayaking down a river or making a trip to the zoo are all activities that energize me. I just really enjoy living.

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