“While they were going out a man, who was demon-possessed and could not talk, was brought to Jesus.”  (Matthew 9:32, NIV)


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My grandfather was a milkman. He delivered milk directly to his customer’s doors. When I was a boy, our family doctor made house calls. And, not too long ago when you made a call to a company to discuss a problem, you actually spoke to a human being.

The days of personal customer service are gone, and if we are not careful, we will follow the same trend in the way we share the gospel. Our pastors encourage us to bring people to church. Yet, we see no examples of where Jesus actually brought people into the synagogue to save or heal them. Jesus’ miracles happened in the workplace because that was where He spent most of His time. Jesus had less response and more resistance in the synagogue than in the workplace. He took the gospel to the people. That’s where the power of God was revealed. This isn’t to say we should never bring people to church, only that our priority should be to bring the Church to the people – wherever they are.

Paul understood this when he said, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5, NIV)

Paul understood that it wasn’t words that affected people; it was the power of God revealed through his teaching.

When was the last time someone saw God working in your life? As this begins to happen, you will be bringing the Church to the people, not the people to the church. Pray that God makes you a vessel of His power, and not simply a vessel of your own words.


Enjoy your Thursday, “Working for Christ”!

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  1. Ann Says:

    Amen!! 🙂


  2. I remember the milk man and some of us adventuresome types remember the porches where he left chocolate milk…… Great message!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


  3. Annie B Says:

    Yes! Awesome inspiration, Dave. Thank you! 🙂


  4. The workplace, awe, workplace the entire outside world, outside our heart. I remember the stainless steel milk can being put out for the milkman to collect to go fill the glass milk jugs for the other milkman to deliver. There was one more milkman the one who milked the cow.:)


  5. hanselsilano Says:

    Thank you, I find this incredibly beneficial.


  6. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Yes!! Generally speaking, the church has diminished the responsibility and importance of the daily Gospel and lifestyle evangelism. Words are no doubt important, but “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. I had never considered how diminishing customer service and the lack of serving one another in the body of Christ could be linked, but both reveal the heart, right? Thank you, Dave!


  7. imconfident Says:

    I remember the days when customer service meant something. Many people today are very self-centered and don’t really care if they are helping you.

    This post has reminded me of my grandfather who used to deliver milk. I never did meet him because he died when my mother was young, but I’ve heard stories about him. He was very dedicated to his work and cared deeply about the families he delivered to. Apparently he was ill with the flu and wouldn’t stay home because the babies needed their milk. Unfortunately, his dedication and stubborness caused his death shortly.

    We need to start being a good example to others through our words and actions so people can see God working in our lives.


  8. teresapoetry Says:

    Letting our faith rest on God’s power……WONDERFUL!!!!


  9. This reminds me of a similar trend happening with resources, particularly those found online. It’s so much easier to point someone to a website or blog or podcast than to maintain a healthy personal relationship. Those things are incredibly helpful, especially in areas or circumstances where personal relationships are more difficult. But technology can’t fulfill our role of following Jesus and neither can the church – we must answer his call as individuals.

    Thanks for the post!


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