My good friend Steve Gallimore is pastor of Tennessee Valley Community Church, in Paris, TN. TVCC is our sponsoring church, and is investing heavily in the Orchard to help us get off the ground.
Steve wrote the following in his blog yesterday.
Do you? Expect God to love through you, that is. The difference maker is expecting God to use us, asking Him for the desire to make a difference, and then praying for opportunity and outcome.
God instructed us through the Apostle Paul to . . .
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. Ephesians 6:18-19 (NLT)
Yesterday, many of you obviously did just that because God used you to impact lives and eternity for His glory. Nine people recorded beginning a relationship with Christ and three of those requested baptism. Nine people where God used your relationship with them to invest in them and then invite them to TVCC where they heard the Good News and became followers of Christ. Amen & Amen!
What if we would all pray this prayer on a daily basis? As a matter of fact, I challenge us as a body, a family that God is using to reach others, to make this our prayer every day:
“Lord, I choose to live for you today. Let me cross paths with those who need to see how your power transforms a life. Let me put others ahead of myself. Rejecting the feebleness of this world, help me to live like Christ.” And as I taught you yesterday, finish with this powerful prayer: “Lord, use me!”
Thanks, Steve and staff of TVCC, for believing in us and investing in us.
Now it is our turn.
The Orchard Fellowship meets this Sunday night, 6:00pm, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
Invest in someone, invite them to meet you at the GPAC, and then, pray like crazy.
God will use you!
I’m really looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.