By All Means, Step into the World

First Steps

One of the big milestones in a preschoolers’ life is when he takes his first steps. We will even ask a parent, “Has he learned to walk yet?” We bend down, hold out our hands, and urge the little one to step toward us. Sometimes we stand behind him and hold his hands so he can step toward others. Learning to take those steps is important as preschoolers grow physically.

In order to share the gospel by all possible means, we are urged to step into the world around us. Trent DeLoach, a missionary with the North American Mission Board, is the pastor of Clarkston International Bible Church in Clarkston, Georgia. In a recent message to WMU leaders, he noted that usually when someone is different than us, our normal reaction is to step away from them. He urged that instead of stepping away, as believers we should step toward the person. As I think of stepping toward others, I am reminded that sharing the gospel always means stepping toward others.

We find this in Jesus’ example as he stepped toward others. Jesus was often going toward people. In Luke 4:31, “Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.” Jesus reached toward the man with leprosy to bring healing in Luke 5:13. Jesus often stepped into the home of another, such as Simon, Levi, Jairus, Zacchaeus, and Martha. Luke 14:25 records that as large crowds of people traveled with him, Jesus turned toward the people to share with them about God. Many times the people Jesus stepped toward were others who were different than he was—a rich tax collector, a man with leprosy, a centurion, a woman, or a blind beggar. We see him stepping toward others in the world around him.

Stepping toward others is part of our growth spiritually as we follow the example of Jesus. We can step within our prayer closet in order to grow in prayer and within our church walls in order to worship, but it takes stepping out into our world in order to share the good news of Christ’s love. Have we learned to walk yet? What steps are we taking toward others?

Pray: Heavenly Father, Give me the courage to follow Christ’s example and step into the world around me. Help me to do as in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

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