Mistake #5. Trying to control the results.

All evangelism works… if you just keep at it.

This is particularly true for Servant Evangelism. God’s Spirit flows through us out to those we serve. The success of SE happens on the spot each time we have a serving encounter. In a sense, all of our serving projects are merely excuses we make so we can expose those we serve to God’s presence in us. As people get in touch with him, their lives are changed every time. “The kindness of God leads to repentance” says Romans 2:4. God’s winsome presence is released through us as we show people the kindness of God. This is a simple but profound truth. As we serve, God’s Spirit embraces others.

There is a pipeline that flows out of us as we serve others. That flow is the secret weapon we wield in outreach. Ultimately we aren’t so much dispensers of information though we do inform people of the truth of God’s word as we can. No one gets into right relationship with Jesus without an awareness of the truth of God through his word. At the same time, the desire to know God, the openness that comes to people, comes as a result of God’s Spirit stirring people up. This happens through us as we show the kindness of God. Mostly we are carriers of his presence.

Don’t try to control the presence of God. Allow that pipeline to flow smoothly through you. Your efforts to “help” his presence will only get in the way of him drawing others to the Father. Let him flow…through you.


  1. Mark Kaphaem on February 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I love this Steve. Great encouragement. Thank you.


  2. Glenda Joy Clark on February 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Most excellent! I cannot imagine how this could have been communicated in a more effective manner. You did good.

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