Last week I was reminded of something again that I hope will encourage you in a real way.

A young lady from the neighborhood named Latonya committed her life to the Lord a few weeks ago. We’ve known her for about three years and we’ve known her boyfriend for about two. He is a hustler from the streets who we see more than her because he is usually dealing around the ministry house. But that changed a few weeks ago when she came to the end of her strength and committed herself in a real way to Christ.20150610_130649

The change was immediate and unmistakeable.

Not only did she kick her boyfriend out of the house, but she began to read her Bible daily (about 20 chapters per day) and shed habits and friends that would get in the way of her growth as a woman of God. She hasn’t missed a Bible study since and her questions are non-stop. This is where our interactions reminded me of something I used to know. Let me explain what I found.

Five weeks ago, we talked about hearing the voice of the Lord and obeying. The questions she asked showed that she was really processing what we were talking about and, after about an hour, she moved on with her day. The next week I asked her how it had been going and she talked excitedly about being able to hear from the Lord. Quite obviously, she eventually talked about the difficulty she was having with obedience and we spent about an hour talking about that. She moved on with her day. The next week we talked about how wonderful it was seeing the fruit from obeying the Lord and she began to ask about purpose. We talked for about an hour and she went on with her day. But what I realized was, there is real life-giving nourishment hidden in ministering to brand new believers.

Many people of God are overfed. We have been sitting in church, hearing (and getting excited about) sermons about every subject under the sun. It never occurred to us that the messages we receive are supposed to be fuel to pass on to others so they too can live. If we never have an outlet for discipling someone else, the messages lose their purpose and we begin to experience atrophy. We’re supposed to disciple the nations but many of us think we don’t have a regular outlet for anything of the kind.

What I found was that, even though I am an introverted person who wouldn’t usually relish spending that much time talking with someone, it was life-giving because there is true sustenance in helping someone love the Lord better. Jesus said it in John 4 when his disciples were trying to feed him lunch.

“Meanwhile his disciples urged him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you know nothing about.’ Then his disciples said to each other, ‘Could someone have brought him food?’ ‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.'”

There is true sustenance in working in the harvest field. This young lady is growing in the Lord by leaps and bounds. One of the tools the Lord is using to help her grow is her relationship with myself and the other volunteers at the ministry house. She can’t seem to get enough. It has actually given us life to help her live.

Our question for you today is: where are people in your life that you can disciple? It doesn’t matter if they don’t know you’re discipling them yet. Jesus was in the business of discipling unbelievers and so should we be. If you don’t know of anyone, it’s because you haven’t thought about it. Take it to the Lord in prayer and ask Him who you can begin sharing what you’ve learned about the Lord with. You will be amazed at how giving your life away actually gives you life.

With Love from the Streets

VSM Staff