So we're convinced that God wants us to build His Kingdom. How does this happen? Oh sure, one person at a time...relationships. If our witness is strong enough, they will get it without us even trying...think so? People don't really come to the Lord by our holy countenance. It actually takes some effort on our part.
We don't do the saving, but we are instrumental in leading others to God's love...and it doesn't happen by accident or mere contact. God does the saving through our concerted efforts to draw people to His love.
Waiting for that family member or that convenience store clerk to find the Lord? It's probably not going to happen if we don't specifically ask them to do so. Often they say something besides yes, but when they do say yes, the party begins in heaven and the fountain of abundant life swells in your soul. Hallelujah!
Acts 26:16 (MSG)
16 But now, up on your feet—I have a job for you. I've handpicked you to be a servant and witness to what's happened today, and to what I am going to show you.