B. Begin With Prayer
E. Eating with Others
S. Serving Others
The last S. stands for Sharing Your Story...your Jesus story. If we are to be on mission to make disciples, there will be a time when we have to share the Story of Jesus. If we never get to this part, disciples can not be made. You've heard people say things like, "I share my faith by the way I live.", "My goal is for people to see Christ in me." I totally agree with these statements, but if we never get to the point of presenting the gospel of the Kingdom in words, there is no way they will ever become followers of Jesus.
That, however, is many times the hardest part. Many find it easy to hang with others, share meals with them, love on them, but when you ask them to share their reason for doing these things, finding the words seems like an obstacle we can't overcome...but that is where the first four parts of BLESS come in to set the stage.
By Beginning with prayer, we are making sure we are going where Jesus is leading us. This coupled with making sure we are Listening to God and others allows us to be sensitive to what the Lord is doing, and what really matters in peoples lives. When we Eat and share meals with others, we begin to see the hurts, wounds, needs of people. When we serve them, as Christ would serve them, they see that there is a kingdom where there needs are cared about, and they begin to see something different in you...the Love of God.
I will just point out, that this is not normal...most people today would not take the time to do these things with people they don't know, and after awhile, they will begin to ask "What makes you different?"..."Why are you doing this?" As we have continued to reach out to the homeless at Unity Park by hosting Volleyball tournaments and giving out gift cards, people take notice. They see a "crazy" family who comes down to spend time with them. They see organizations and churches come all the time, but it's when individuals and families come down to give of their time and money, that people are a little perplexed. Each week, people ask us "Why is your family doing this?" "Why are you serving us in this way?"
This is an amazing opportunity. We aren't going around forcing people to hear the gospel...people are coming to us and asking...it is so easy to share your story...the Jesus story when people are asking you? When we tell them we do it because we are followers of Jesus and we love them, they are surprised in a good way. This had led to us being able to share the gospel, pray for people, and invite people into the Kingdom.
Are you living your life in such a way that people are looking at you saying..."What is up?" Live in such a way that you B.L.E.S.S. people...live a life on mission and see what God can do with you and your family.
For more resources on B.LE.S.S. check out Discover Your Mission Now by Dave Ferguson, a really short booklet that can get you started to being a family on mission.