One of the things I like to be with you is real; open, transparent and real, because I’m a frail, imperfect person just like you. So today’s one of those days where I get to use myself as a bad example.

Here’s what I do day-to-day. I prepare messages like this one. I go into radio and TV studios to record them and I’m responsible for leading a ministry that reaches literally millions of people every day with the Good News of Jesus. Fantastic.

But on the flip side, I’m not naturally the sort of person who’d sit down at a bus stop, strike up a conversation and start telling someone about Jesus. That’s a different gifting to mine.

So the easiest thing in the world is for me to delude myself that given what I do, those one-on-one things don’t matter. I’ll leave them to someone else … I don’t think so!

1 Peter 4:8-10 Most important of all, love each other deeply, because love makes you willing to forgive many sins. Open your homes to each other and share your food without complaining. God has shown you his grace in many different ways. So be good servants and use whatever gift he has given you in a way that will best serve each other.

Loving people deeply, sharing a meal with them, showing them God’s grace … they’re all one-on-one things. They’re sometimes messy, difficult, inconvenient. But they matter to God … a lot!

So the thing for both of us, you and me, whatever our gifting and calling may be, is to seek people out one-on-one, to love them deeply, to fellowship with them … because that’s how God changes lives – theirs and ours.

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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