One of my favorite things about meeting in a small group is getting to bring all of our prayer requests to the table and pray over them as a community. We learn so much about who and what is on people’s hearts. A woman in our small group continually brought her friend’s name to the table. She asked that we pray for her friend at work who seemed to be searching for something more. She hoped that one day she’d be willing to visit our church family on a Sunday.
Sometimes discipleship requires removing ourselves from our comfort zone to support others in their walk with Christ.
We lifted her name up several times. The woman in our small group continually invited her to come to church and invested time with her outside of the building, as well. As a group, we were excited to see her visit Sunday Worship one morning. We silently cheered and were eager to get to meet the woman we had been praying for.
After a few weeks, I noticed my friend from small group wasn’t at church. I asked her husband if she was sick, and luckily she was not. Her friend that we had been praying for wanted to try some other churches that were a closer fit to what she grew up with, so our friend offered to visit them with her.
I was personally blown away by this and I’m sure others were as well. She chose to put herself out there and step out of her normal routine of comfort to support her friend’s quest for a church home. The reminder she can give us all is this: sometimes discipleship requires removing ourselves from our comfort zone to support others in their walk with Christ. That obedience has a ripple effect that surpasses what we are able to see, but we know God’s hand is in it all.