Making the Connection

Making the Connection

There is a particular area of my life the Lord has brought to light that needs some attention. That would be influence with outsiders and relationships with unbelievers.
More than ever I realize what a bubble I am in. I serve on staff at Crosspoint with believers, I live with believers, I spend my free time with believers.
It would be accurate to say that I have minimal to zero relationships with unbelievers.
And I realize, as the Lord ever so graciously points out to me, that I am not exempt from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with unbelievers because I serve on staff at a church. We are all commanded in the scriptures to go and proclaim the gospel. Pastors, ministry leaders, church staff? Yes.
For several months I have been wrestling with what this looks like in my life. It has been suggested that I spend time outside the office “working”. For example, a local coffee shop or on campus at Clemson University to seek to engage in conversation with unbelievers.
I am not against this. But I find that I can work 8 hours in a coffee shop and not have one single conversation with anyone. What I am speaking of here is relationships and life together with people who do not know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
I was sharing this with one of our pastors at Crosspoint and he reminded me of something I never even considered.
I spend much of my time with unbelievers. They are just about 3 feet tall and not quite my age.
Because I primarily serve with our Family and Children’s Ministry at Crosspoint, I spend much of my time with children. I was quickly reminded of what a great opportunity I have each time I babysit (which is quite frequently!) and each time I serve with our three and four year olds on Sunday nights at Kids Connection.
The deepest need of each of these children is that they would repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They are potential future brothers and sisters in Christ. They are our future pastors, ministry leaders, husbands, wives, dads and moms.
How quick I was to dismiss my time with them as anything but coming alongside their parents to share the gospel with them. What a precious reminder to be intentional in the time I spend with these children and to point them always to Jesus.
More and more I am learning what it means to “tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). By God’s grace, may I grow more and more intentional as I spend time with these precious little ones.
I’m grateful for this sweet reminder from the Lord. I so want to continue growing in my relationships with unbelievers. But I do not want to discount these natural relationships I have with the little ones.
I continue to be more and more grateful for Generation LINK. It is one of the means by with God reveals truths such as this to me. What a sweet gift of God’s grace to me my time at Crosspoint is.
Written by Krystal Brummitt
Generation LINK Staff | Clemson
Kids Worship Director