In almost any group setting – school, college, church, community – a Go-To person emerges. When I worked at a college, Paula was my Go-To person. She knew “where” to look for forms, books, supplies, and people. If I had a question she might not have the answer but she knew who to call for an answer. Before I left her office she would either have given me the name of a person to contact or have the person on the phone. To be sure, some took advantage of her behind- the-scenes servant attitude by asking her to handle problems they could have dealt with themselves, but she usually did her best to give assistance to everyone who asked. Go-To-People seldom get credit for their work, but they provide essential links to those who have the answers.
The Apostle Peter was a headliner in the New Testament, but who linked Peter to Jesus? When Jesus fed 5000, who was the go-to person between a little boy and Jesus? When Greeks asked Philip to help them get into see Jesus, who did Philip go to for help? The answer to these questions is Andrew. Andrew was never a headliner, but in three of the four references to him in the scriptures, we find him linking people to Jesus.
Few of us will ever make headlines for our accomplishments, but we can serve as Go-To Persons. In everyday life we can give assistance or provide direction in hundreds of ways:
Food, clothing, medical care — Home repair, auto repair — Child care, elder care — Crafts, sewing, cooking — Writing, gardening, golfing, etc.
We can provide help or link troubled people to leaders that address spiritual needs: Special prayer for illnesses, family problems, financial needs — Finding a church, a pastor, a counselor — Recommending books to read or music to encourage — Suggestions of conferences, seminars, or Bible studies — Ways to serve in the church — How to avoid spiritual error
Each of us has knowledge or expertise in some area. We may not be able to meet every inquirer’s need or answer every question, but we can often link people to assistance. When believers serve as Go-To People in ordinary ways, people often turn to them for spiritual direction.
Take time to thank the Go-To People you often call for guidance.
Send a thank you to the one who had a part in linking you to
your job, your college, your church.
Thank the person who linked or helped link you to Christ.
Martha Hawn VanCise©2016 www.signpostsonhightrails.com