Fr. Nathan Baxter
B. L. E. S. S.
“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. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. —John 4:34-36
Who has God placed in your life that he is inviting you to open your eyes to this year? When I was in college, God literally dropped someone into my life. Dhu, a new student from Vietnam, came to my table in the dining hall and asked, “Can I sit here?” We grew a friendship, but I was slow to see the opportunity in front of me. At work one day months later, I felt God saying he wanted me to invite her home for Thanksgiving. I was hesitant because I wanted rest after a long semester, but I finally gave in and brought her home. Our first night there, I asked her if she wanted to study a story about Jesus and she said, “Yes.” Into our first Bible study, she recognized that she wanted Jesus to be her healer. Moments later, we were jumping up and down with joy as she accepted Christ as her savior.
God is at work around us and we get to enter into the joy of working with him. God has placed people around us at work, school and around Amesbury who are more open to God than we might realize. This year at All Saints, during our Christian Formation time after worship each week, we will gain practical tools and encouragement to take steps as faithful witnesses of Jesus. We will follow a natural, organic way of sharing Christ through the BLESS model—Begin with prayer, Listen, Eat, Serve, Story share. Who has God placed in your life that he is inviting you to open your eyes to this year?
Come to Cross Training after each worship service to grow in this way of following Jesus!