“I’m just going to keep asking if I can help. Who knows? One day the answer might be yes.”
After the Boiler Room I was teasing one of my friends–a mom with two young kids–about her not accepting my requests to help ferry things to her car.
She’s never really needed my help because her husband is great at taking care of that kind of stuff–which is awesome btw.
It got me to thinking…
There’s nothing wrong with sticking your neck out after being turned down by whoever you’re trying to help.
Just keep asking.
Just keep being a friend.
I truly believe that’s one of the biggest reasons most Christians aren’t making disciples like we should be.
Most of us give up way too fast on people.
Most of us have bought into the lie of microwave evangelism when evangelism and discipleship is more akin to a crock pot.
It takes time.
I’ve spent a lot of time in different communities where trust is everything.
You have to show up and keep your word. When you don’t, you better fess up fast because the people can smell a phony a mile away.
This kind of intentional lifestyle of service is refining; think about it like sand paper that takes off the rough edges. It demands absolute sincerity.
And it’s truly the most worthwhile way to live.
I am a better person and Jesus follower because of this demand to slow down, to take off my mask.
Going back to what I said earlier, never stop asking how you can help.
Being available to serve is a foundational teaching within the gospel. If Jesus’ mission was to serve and not to be served, then that’s our mission too.
Be unrelenting in your pursuit to help, to pray, to encourage.
You might get turned down 9 times out of 10.
You might get cussed out.
You might be misunderstood.
Just keep asking.
Because your quest to serve will provide opportunities to share the love of Christ in ways you could never orchestrate on your own.