Terry and Nancy had very similar childhoods with generations of family heritage immersed in identification with Jesus and interaction with His people. That early intimacy with Jesus and a pivotal encounter at age 25 set Terry on the track that has led to his life’s work, enlisting Catalyst People.
Why Catalyst? A catalyst is introduced to accelerate the reaction between two slow-to-interact elements, in this case, people and Jesus. This is clearly a description of what we are called to do as co-workers with God. Our calling and the purpose of embedding the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts is not to just “save” people; Jesus is the one Whose blood does that. We are called to “Go out (the gates of self) to Him outside the gates and from there to together make disciples. We are a catalyst added to the formula to accelerate the interaction between Jesus and the one He wants to make into a disciple of His.
If we are vitally involved in conversational life with Him, we, in turn, are His Catalysts wherever He puts us and especially to the person He clearly gives us to, to echo their inner conversation with Jesus and to encourage them to continue to follow, trust and delight in Him more intimately every day.
We (Catalysts) are still alive on this planet because people need desperately to see Jesus at work and living in another human being and be drawn into one-on-One conversation with Him. There are a few Catalysts called and given a platform to speak to the masses and harvest thousands of souls at a time, and there are multitudes of Catalysts who are designed for the continual one-on-one, daily harvest by personal interaction and true, faithful friendship. All are Jesus’ functional human skin and boots on the ground, wherever and with whoever He wants to be with and talk to, touch and rescue.
The mass encounter is historically pivotal but is only the jump-start needed for multitudes to be awakened to the Life-Preserver God has thrown out into the world – His own Son, Jesus. Just as crucial is that each soul who is pulled from death’s jaws be encouraged to immediately practice a daily, personal, out-loud intimacy with their Savior and be gathered into a corporal environment for that intimacy to deepen and become an increasingly fruitful life. That work is carried on by we who quietly live the life we have been given and love those we have been given to.
Catalyst People are Jesus’ hands reaching, touching, welcoming and encouraging us to know Him more intimately every day. To be Jesus’ Catalyst is to be His audible, visible, flesh-&-blood boots-on-the-ground all over this planet.
We are Catalysts, the spontaneous life Jesus lives clothed in our skin, specifically designed for where He has put us, to activate His conversation with the people with whom He puts us, starting with those in our own household.
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