How do we build intentional relationships with people?—See yourself as partnering with God
When I think back over my journey towards Jesus, I can see a multitude of people God sent into my life to help me encounter him personally.
God sent me into a family with a father who brought us up with the knowledge of God.
As a young boy, God also sent Scripture Teachers into my primary school to share Bible stories and the good news of Jesus.
As a teen, God sent me youth group leaders who followed Jesus and wanted to help me as a teen understand my need for a Saviour.
Then when I started working, God sent me Christian bosses who showed me what Christian life and work looks like.
As a young adult, God sent me a girl friend who knew Jesus and was willing to invite me into her world to experience Christian community.
And behind the scenes I know there was an army of Christians praying for me throughout my years, that God would continue to draw me to himself.
When it comes to building intentional relationships with people, you need to understand that you are not alone. You are partnering with God in what he is already doing in peoples lives. He is already preparing the way for you and will use you to help them move one step closer to encountering him personally.
Your role isn’t to do God’s job, it’s to allow God to work through you in the lives of the people around you.
Take a moment to think about and write down all the people God sent into your life to help you encounter him personally. Stop and thank him for each one of them.
Now take a moment and ask God to show you who he has sent you into a relationship with to help them encounter him personally. Ask God how you can partner with him in what he is already doing in their life.
Now go, partnering with God as his sent one!