READ EPHESIANS 2:4-9
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.
As we think about inviting our two for ten, it is important for us to remember what we are inviting them to. We need to remember that we were separated from God. We also need to remember that because of his grace given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have life in him. In other words, all of our stories begin the same way, but we know what the transforming power of Jesus can do to those stories. We need to be careful not to forget that we are inviting people to the same forgiveness, restoration, and life we have experienced personally.
As we remember our story, it is important that we learn to listen to the stories of those we are investing in. We need to understand who they are and what led them to that place. We need to earn the right, not through manipulation, but through loving them to speak into their story. How have you experienced this personally? How have you genuinely listened to someone else’s story?
As you begin to pray for your two for ten this week, ask God to give you opportunities to listen to and love those you are investing in.