Jesus commanded his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. For some, that may mean going to far away places, but for Gwen and myself, being a witness and making disciples is centered right here in Lansing, Michigan’s Capitol. With 148 legislators from all of Michigan – from the western side of the Upper Peninsula, a 10 hour drive from Lansing, to New Buffalo, a mere two hours – and literally thousands of staff and state employees, the fields are truly white for harvest.
Being a former legislator provides a unique perspective on just why legislators come to Lansing in the first place. Some seek to change policy direction they see as wrong, others to serve the constituents of their districts, still others because it is the “next step” to a higher office. A few have a sense of calling to a higher purpose. However, in the sovereign nature of the Lord, He often directs us out of our comfort zone, not only for our growth, but more importantly for the advancement of His Kingdom. Such is the case for some believers whom God has placed in our state legislature and state government.
Michigan’s term limits law creates a high legislator turnover every two years and a very short span of about 6 years to impact men and women for Christ. Although at first glance, that may appear as a drawback to disciple making efforts, it also provides a fairly definitive end date for relational contact. With that fact in mind, those of faith in the legislature are encouraged to consider their seatmates on the floor, in committee, and in caucus…”Where are your colleagues in their spiritual journey?” “Has the Lord placed you next to these individuals as a witness?” “Are you prepared to share you faith and the gospel message to your colleague?”
While there are several Michigan prayer ministries that are fulfilling God’s command to Pray for our Leaders (1 Timothy 2.1-4). , Capitol Commission is also working to fill the gap by working directly with Michigan’s leaders and their staff to evangelize those who have not yet experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16), establish those who have a desire to grow in their faith and in their knowledge of the Scriptures (Colossians 2:6-7), and equip those who have been called to spiritual leadership (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Should you desire to know more of Capitol Commission and its work in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
- Aug 25, 2014 - Being Strengthened Mt 26:30-46
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