March 25, 2011
One of the new Maryland delegates elected last November looked at me over his desk recently and said, “Brent, when you have the chance, it would be great if you would do what you’re doing right now – come by the office, sit down and talk about the Lord.” The one-on-one contacts I have had these past few months have reminded me of several things:
First, personal time like this is some of the most effective ministry I have. People open up or say things differently than they do in groups. I can focus on them more as individuals and ask more pointed questions. Our conversations go deeper.
Secondly, the book of John emphasizes the one-on-one encounters Jesus used to minister to needs. Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the royal official with a sick son and the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda are examples of those Jesus spent time with individually, carefully directing the conversations to the most meaningful topics we can discuss. Click here to see this week's Legislators' Bible Study about the paralytic in John 5.
Also, I’m reminded that these encounters can happen at any time and in unexpected ways. That means I have to be dependent on the Lord for His appointments and be ready at a moment’s notice to have a word for questions people have. Every walk down the hall is an adventure.
Pray for these opportunities to point those in the capitol community to Christ. These last couple of weeks of the legislative session are hectic, so sometimes the conversations are just a few minutes long. I can tell you that having a continuing presence in Annapolis is resulting in more trust and deeper sharing in some of our relationships. Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, too, for an encouraging week in March with Capitol Commission state directors from all over the country, along with our national board at the Shepherds’ Conference at Grace Community Church in California. What a blessing it is to be on this team of committed men of vision and integrity.
Thank you for praying for our ministry and for your leaders. We’re seeing progress as a result of those prayers, so please don’t stop!
State Director, Maryland