On a regular basis I hear people say to me that they just don’t get many opportunities to share their faith. I want to give you one tip that can open up the floodgates of faith sharing moments, but first let me share a personal life story about how I almost blew it in this regard.
Like any other parent of young children I relish those small moments of “me time” that don’t include mass chaos. One of those sacred moments came on a sunny afternoon as I crashed on the couch to take a nap. Just as I was about to drift off to sleep, the doorbell rang. “You gotta be kidding!”, I said as I rolled off the couch to answer the door, knowing that it was most likely a salesman.
His name was Rob. He was a 20 year old exchange student from the U.K. selling children’s educational books. He asked if he could come in and share with me the “life changing” products he had to offer. I told him, “No thank you”, as I started to shut the door. Immediately, I felt led by the Holy Spirit to let him in. I said, “You know what? Why don’t you come in after all.”
Stunned at the invitation, Rob grabbed his bag and came inside. I asked him to sit at my dining room table. “Can I get you some water?”, I asked. “Sure, that would be great”, he responded as he unpacked his books. I went into the kitchen where my wife was studying. She asked who it was and I told her, I don’t know, I just felt like I was supposed to invite him in.
I went back into the dining room to give Rob his water to find him crying. He said, “I don’t know why I’m crying.”
This was it. This was why God brought him here. I took the leap, “Rob, I felt like I was suppose to ask you in. Can I pray for you?”
For the next hour I had the awesome privilege of sharing the the gospel with Rob. He was incredibly receptive and I could feel the presence of the Lord with us as we talked. After a couple of glasses of water later, our time together concluded. As he was leaving I encouraged him to drop me a line on Facebook and that I would be praying for him. I didn’t buy any books that day and I don’t know if he ever bought into Jesus, but something special happened: Christ was shared.
There was a seed planted that day that I’m praying someone else will water and maybe one day reap.
But, here’s the thing: I almost blew it. I almost slammed the door on this God ordained moment.
Holy moments like these don’t happen if we don’t make time for them.
Growth Tip: Allow yourself to be interrupted and inconvenienced by someone’s messy life this week. Instead of avoiding their junk, lean into it. This is where Jesus can move. In doing so, you’ll open yourself up to more opportunities to share Jesus in word AND deed.
Now, it’s time for a nap.
I’d love to hear from you. Share below any experiences you’ve had in sharing your faith or extending the love of Jesus in a practical way.