7Feb

the secret to sharing Jesus with impossible people

web evangelism, Christianity, faith, Book of JohnJohn 3:16 is as sticky as it gets. This awesome verse is the heart of the gospel and packs the kind of power that interrupts even the most impossible, stubborn, know-it-all heart.

by Toni Birdsong
In this verse Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, a respected member of the Jewish council. Nicodemus was a scholar who knew the law of the scriptures inside out but—who like the other Pharisees—lived his life clueless about the Love (intent) of the scriptures.

But deep down Nicodemus knew. His soul reckoned that knowledge did not equate to salvation. He knew there was more to the God of the scriptures than that. So he sought Jesus out to satiate his aching need to know more of God. And when his heart collided with Truth, Nicodemus was a changed man.

When God is calling a heart nothing can stop His message of love: not culture, law, peers, punishment, force, or humiliation. Nothing.

You see, God’s love insists.

The secret to sharing Jesus online is to let God do the heavy lifting. He is drawing hearts all around you—even those like Nicodemus you may have chucked into the “impossible” pile. God allows us the privilege to witness transformation in others but in no way lays the responsibility of the supernatural process upon us. Our job is to faithfully pray, seek, and speak as the Holy Spirit leads.

Are there impossible people in your life you’ve given up on? Will you re-commit to pray for them today? (You may even want to reach out to them with an encouragement today if they are in any of your social networks . . . just a thought.)

Post/Tweet this today:
Never, never, never quit praying for the people around you. God’s love pursues the impossible. #LiveSticky

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  • http://twitter.com/jeremyers1 Jeremy Myers

    “The impossible pile.” I like it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I have a few people I have to go dig out of there today! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671101964 Jennifer Adams Klein

    It’s so funny that you should post this today. Well, its not “funny”. I dreamed about a friend last night who left the faith many years ago. I used to pray earnestly for him, and then eventually he found himself in my “impossible” pile. This morning I tried to pray for him again and thought “after all this time, what’s the use?” Sad, and I am ashamed to admit it. I am so, so grateful you posted this today!

  • Anonymous

    You and me both. God pulled me straight into that scripture this weekend and something in me totally woke up. I’m sure no one even thought to pray for Nicodemus (or had stopped) since he knew it all. So glad the girls down the hall in my college dorm were praying for me–party girl to slow down and notice Jesus. Excited to get my “second wind” in praying for others!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671101964 Jennifer Adams Klein

    Now that is inspiring–someone prayed you into the Kingdom? Sometimes I feel like since I don’t understand how it works, praying for someone to believe, I hesitate. Does God want me to ask Him to make someone believe? Isn’t that asking Him to override the freewill he gave them? He can’t want me to ask that. And YET, it matters that we do. I need to stop demanding I understand WHY before I act in obedience. Faith like a child, right? Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    God’s love is irresistible! It’s not easy but if you can love people unconditionally without trying to force your agenda on them, it is amazing to see what God can do!

  • Tami Heim

    Amen – His love in us and through us will always do more than anything we try to do on our own!

  • Tami Heim

    I look at my life and realize NOTHING is beyond His reach – Praise God that He really doesn’t have an ‘impossible’ pile. So never give up because He can eliminate our piles!

  • Bill K.

    I am guessing that I too may have been in someone’s “impossible” pile at some point. I can tell you this…If I can get to where I am from where I was, then nothing…nothing is impossible. Gentle persistence can be a powerful force for change. Patience is a virtue especially when it comes to sharing faith. I believe that most people who do not have God in their lives know deep down inside that there must be something more….lucky for all of us, we have a most patient Father who will wait for a long as it takes.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    He may not allow us the privilege of witnessing transformation in others. At least in our lifetime. But still we pray for the impossible to the One who makes all things possible. And we are transformed in the process.

  • Tami Heim

    I am quite certain He designed us with a hole only He can fill. I know I was on an ‘impossible’ pile and that my brother was not giving up until the Holy Spirit caused my permanent relocation! Thanks for sharing and joining us here.

  • Tami Heim

    Amen.