It may be a 4th grader you live next door to. Get to know him or her. Many children do not have a dad or a significant adult in their life. This is your chance to help change eternity for some young child.
Maybe it is an adult who attends your group. Two days ago you prayed for the people who are members of your group. Who did the Holy Spirit bring to your mind? Who in your group seems nice enough, but when you look closer does not seem to have any close friends.
Maybe this person is a senior adult, or they may simply be someone that you have been meaning to get to know better. But whoever they are, we need to realize that we have significant opportunities to be the person that someone, somewhere will look back upon some day and say, "That teacher believed in me when nobody else would." Your life is an investment. As Sunday School or small group leaders, we need to be sharing our experiences with others. It is part of the transformation process.
What you can share:
- How to plan a Bible study;
- How to lead someone to Christ;
- How to set up a class room so that people feel warm and welcome;
- What to say when someone has experienced the loss of a loved one;
- How to use a scroll saw;
- How to bake a batch of brownies;
- How to shoot a lay-up;
- How to carry a conversation;
- How to read the Bible.
The list is endless, but there are people who are around each of us now who could use some coaching. The time for procrastinating on this has past, now is the time for you to realize that each of us is responsible to pass down godly truths to another generation. The age-old axiom is that discipleship is "caught more than it is taught". To accomplish this, to become a disciple-maker, we must learn to slow down our pace and look for who God may be bringing us into contact with.
Be specific. Who has God brought to your mind that you could be an influence upon? Make contact with them – today! Be strategic, but take action.