By All Means

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My brother-in-law, Kyle, is the best at making connections with people. Within a few minutes of meeting someone, he will make the connection that he knows their great aunt’s cousin’s nephew. If he doesn’t connect through someone they know in common, he makes a connection through a common place by telling a story about someone he knew from the place where the person is from. Kyle seldom meets a stranger because he knows how to make these connections with people.

Paul talks about making connections and cultivating relationships with people in 1 Corinthians 9:22–23: "I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings." As we look to what it means to share Christ with the world around us, making connections with people is crucial. The connections we make are openings that lead to conversations, and our conversations can lead to sharing about Christ.

During this month, be aware of the connections that you make with people. Whether it is another parent at the ball field with your children or a co-worker who sits down with you at lunch, look for opportunities to find a common ground and make connections. Ask questions about their family, work, or leisure interests. As they talk, make connections to the things you have in common. Pray for God to lead these connections to talk about spiritual matters and your faith in Christ.

Pray: Father, Open the doors for me to make connections with people around me. Help me to build connections with the families of my preschoolers who come to Mission Friends. Lead me to share about Christ as I build relationships with others.

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