Have you ever noticed that a lot of Jesus’ encounters with people happened because he was simply available?
“When Jesus came down from the mountainside…a man with leprosy came and knelt before him…” (Matthew 8:1-2)
“When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him asking for help.” (Matthew 8:5)
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.” (Matthew 8:23)
We have a tendency to get so wrapped up in our verbal presentation, that we simply forget how to be present. When it comes to sharing the Gospel, it’s not a matter of how persuasive we are, how well we can speak, or how fun we look. The real question is: how available are we, really?
THE REAL QUESTION IS: HOW AVAILABLE ARE WE, REALLY?
In the Young Life realm, we can get pretty excited (or anxious) about how many people came to our thing. The question is how available are you to the kids in which you’ve been called to reach?
Some suggestions on how to be available, really.
- Become a fan of one of the sports/extracurriculars at the school and go to most of those games/events.
- Follow the team/group to an away game to support them.
- Challenge yourself to know the names of 100 kids just for the sake of saying “hi + their name” (no other reason).
- Say “hi” to them when you see them.
- Don’t ever show up with information to the school…that’s not availability…it’s promotion.
How available are you? How available will you be?
If you want to be available, you have to be present.