How do we build intentional relationships with people?—Talk about God’s work in your life
Talking about God’s work in your life can have a profound impact on your redemptive relationship because they do not share your same experiences of a relationship with God, yet their heart was designed for it!
To many, myself included, sharing aspects of my spiritual journey is deeply personal. I don’t like to share them with anyone, let alone a non-Christ-follower. But I have found that sharing something personal, from a posture of vulnerability, gives permission for the person I am building a redemptive relationship with to be very vulnerable with me in return. As a result, our relationship can dive deep incredibly quickly.
As a person moves through a journey towards Jesus, we want them to experience authentic relationships with Christians, but also to experience the love and power of Christ at work in their own life as well.
This past month while doing evangelistic Bible study over Zoom with Jeff, my redemptive relationship, I shared with him a sin in my life that I was feeling convicted of. He then shared a sin that he was feeling convicted and then we prayed together that God would help us.
The next week Jeff asked me about about the power of prayer and why it seemed his prayers weren’t being answered. How would you answer a question like that coming from someone who had not yet surrendered their life to Jesus? All I could do was tell him about how I had experienced God answer my prayers before and I trusted that He would again.
Then the next week Jeff told me that his sister, whom we had been praying for 10 weeks that she would experience God’s love and find healing from her alcoholism, was now 8 weeks sober. Jeff later surrendered his life to Jesus.
Look at how building an intentional relationship with a man on an airplane named Jeff, just months earlier, can change multiple lives — pray that God would impact Jeff’s whole family through him.
As you build redemptive relationships with people in your life, you can move those relationships forward by talking with them about how God is at work in your own life!