Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Do you know how to save the world? One life at a time.

Yesterday I shared a message I called, One at a Time. (Sorry for the choppy video. The audio is fine if you’d prefer to just listen HERE.)

I want to recap it here because it is so important.

“Many dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often gathered around to listen as Jesus taught the people.” Luke 15:1 TPT

If you want to reach people for Jesus, you have to reach them like Jesus.

Here are four characteristics of Jesus that drew people to Him:

  1. Jesus was approachable.

Isn’t it amazing that the worst of sinners were attracted to Jesus – the holiest Man who ever lived? They loved being with Him.

Are those far from God comfortable around you? Do you think they feel judged or loved?

All people desire two things in life – acceptance and significance.

We all want to be accepted, warts and all. And we all want to make a difference in life. Jesus offers both. We need to as well.

  1. Jesus was available.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee (they hated Jesus) came to Jesus at night. (Yes, that’s Nic at Night)

Nicodemus obviously already experienced Jesus being approachable, which is why He felt comfortable coming to Him. However, what He also found out is that Jesus is available.

This was late at night after a long day and Nicodemus had a lot of questions. Have you been there? I have. I am not saying that you shouldn’t live with personal boundaries, but just think about how the God of the heavens and the earth makes Himself available to individual people. That amazes me.

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” Psalm 8:3, 4 TPT

  1. Jesus was interruptible.

Jesus was always on His way somewhere to minister to someone and inevitably He would get interrupted – but He always stopped. Why? Because His mission is people.

Are you interruptible?

So often we can be rushed trying to get somewhere, or to finish something, that we miss divine opportunities.

One time I was teaching a membership class for our church, and I was trying to get through the material. I knew that everyone there was a Christian already, and assumed (watch out for that word) that everyone there had been water baptized. I was rushing through that section when someone in the group stopped me so they could address someone in the room. There was a young married couple in the room, and the wife was crying. (I didn’t even see it because I was so focused on my notes!)

When he asked her why she was crying, she said she had never been baptized and she was feeling the Holy Spirit strongly moving on her to get baptized.

I ended up baptizing her and her husband and many of their unsaved friends and family members attended. It was glorious!

  1. Jesus was purposeful.

Jesus reaches people – not matter where they are, who they are, or where they come from.

When Jesus wanted to reach one particular woman, He said, “I must go through Samaria.”

This was not an accidental meeting. Jesus purposefully sought her out.

We are to be on a search and rescue mission with Jesus.

He clearly told us to,

“Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.” Matthew 14:24 NLT


  1. Are you approachable, available, interruptible, and purposeful, like Jesus? If not, or if you want to become more so, will you ask Jesus to help you during your 30 for 30 today?
  2. Are you so busy that you miss important opportunities to touch someone with the love of Christ? Ask Jesus to help you slow down so you can recognize what He is doing in those around you.
  3. Are you willing to make Jesus’ primary mission – saving people – your primary mission? If so, tell Him that you want to partner with Him and to show you how to reach people like He did.