The Kingdom “as you go”

I got a job as a Professor of English in the Education department of Shingu University outside Seoul. It gives me an income, lets me continue pouring into Korean youth, gives me time to write and do ministry — all in all it’s a good space to continue on a solid footing the work that God is doing here. I’d like to encourage those who feel called to full-time ministry: the Kingdom of God is often most effectively sown through “as you go” ministry.

“As you go” means that you take the Kingdom everywhere you go. So as you run errands, go shopping, or go to work, you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit to speak to you about the people around you — in a store, in the post office, or on the street. When someone is highlighted by the Holy Spirit, you will take time to make contact with that person; you’ll make a comment, ask a question or introduce yourself, and see where the Spirit of God will take the conversation.

To do this you need to be living with a vital connection to the Spirit of God in you. That means you have spent time in the presence of God, learning to listen and not just talking. You also need to cultivate a soft, natural approach to people. You need to be concerned about people and their needs right where they’re at. And you need to be willing to take time with people– willing to listen, willing to show care, and take a moment to pray with them. These moments are powerful. You’ll learn to look for them everywhere you go, and you’ll learn to love them. You’ll crave the encounter, because this is where Jesus meets with people.

I prayed on a bus with a bright young man today that God would bless his budding business venture. He told me with tears in his eyes that I was the first person who ever prayed for him…

Two Sundays ago a young man burst through the door in the middle of our homegroup meeting and shouted: “I want to worship God with you!” We welcomed him in, and prayed for him… he came again this week.

A good friend and I were meeting together at a local cafe. As we went, we met a young man and his wife. We talked and prayed with them, and shared what we felt God was saying for them. He and his young family came to group the next week. He called me later and told me quite personally (really unusual for a Korean man) how he loves what we do together as a community — that he has been “thirsty” for the kind of passionate, heartfelt worship and prayer that we share, and how “real” it is. He works for Samsung, and has warned us that we need to find a bigger space to meet; he’s about to bring three to five additional Korean families from his office.

This is the work I’m in Korea to do — and I get to be a professor too!

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About jscotthusted

J. Scott Husted is a writer, educator, minister and teaching missionary currently living and working in Seoul, South Korea. He carries a passion for cultivating authentic community, the establishment of the house of prayer, the plight of children at risk around the world, and raising up a new generation of leaders with a passion for the Kingdom of God.
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One Response to The Kingdom “as you go”

  1. Joan Massey says:

    Scott, I really loved hearing this today.
    It resonated very strongly with the message our Pastor was giving just this morning; being sensitive to Holy Spirit in us…. actively listening to Him who lives in us and following His lead – allowing Holy Spirit to – in effect – disciple us!
    He was talking about much the same thing – being aware that wherever we went, Holy Spirit was there with us, wanting to make contact with those around us in the grocery store, the gas station, the pharmacy, the place we worked… Most of us do not walk with a constant awareness of just Who we carry within us, let alone all He is capable of! Walking with Him in this way is really about an active on-the-spot training in Discipleship.
    Holy Spirit showed up in power today in our service among our small congregation…. four salvations and 2 re-dedications, and a couple of healings! Unheard of in one service!!

    What you have shared here is so exciting!! Holy Spirit is saying the same thing to Believers in Korea and in Canada… and in many other places! How wonderful it is to live in this time, the days that Joel wrote about so long ago.

    And yes, how utterly and absolutely wonderful that you can do the works your Father has sent you to do – and in a far away land!! – and be a professor, too. Marvelous!!!

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