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In the widely used Experiencing God study, Henry Blackaby describes two realities for experiencing God: “God is always at work around you,” and “God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.”

These represent what believers experience when they step into and participate in the work God is doing and the stories He is writing in another person’s life—whether it is a saving work, a sanctifying work, or even a correcting work.

God often carries out His work through chain-reaction gospel encounters. Consider the person who has recently believed in Christ.

We might be able to pinpoint a particular person who was privileged to be present and to be the voice through which God spoke when conversion occurred. However, what we rarely see is the long line of witnesses that encouraged this person to consider Christ—the family member, the friends, the pastors and teachers, the authors, the neighbors, the strangers . . .

God brought each and every one of them into this person’s life at strategic times and in meaningful ways to demonstrate Christ. To them it might have seemed random. To God it was intentional, and to the new believer it was life-and-death.

Say YES to God every day, acknowledging that His work is always your ultimate purpose. Invite Him to include you in the work He is doing and in the stories He is writing.


“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV).