Tag Archives: evangelism

Encounters with a Stranger

As I sat at my desk going through my task list, I noticed an elderly woman approaching the office door. Was she coming inside? She is not a client. I went to the door to greet her and figure out who she was and what she needed. She saw a van parked outside our office just leave, and she thought that we were the business advertised on the van. I informed her that the company was only visiting our office to do some work and apologized.

As we were about to part ways, she told me she was having a tough time. She recently moved and she was struggling to get everything in order. She was hoping to catch the man in the van, or get some answers from his associates within, only to discover she wasn’t close to the place to find answers. Nonetheless, the Spirit gave me a nudge to help her out. Little did she know; the answers were online. She was led to share her struggles. I needed to listen to the voice telling me to slow down and pay attention. In no time at all, she had the answers in hand and it was time for her to leave. It was a simple encounter, and it was easy to help her. Five minutes. But she was so grateful and she left with a smile.

We often have these encounters with strangers. Do you consider why they are brought your way? Some people are in your path to help you grow. Some people are in your path for you to bless. Some people are in your path for you to shine the Light. Don’t trivialize evangelism. Don’t think sharing the Gospel is all about big demonstrations with fancy words. Small encounters with strangers, embracing and showing compassion—these encounters are precious. Do small things with great love and watch God move in mighty ways.

“And do everything with love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14 [NLT]

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This is Not Right

Remember the four men who had leprosy and went to the camp of the Arameans?  They decided that if they were going to die anyway from the famine, they might as well enter the camp and surrender. They found that the camp was abandoned completely and they were rummaging through the tents. They ate and drank and collected silver, gold, and more.

Then something happened. They had this good news that they could tell the others but they were taking it all for themselves. They had not shared the good news. They decided to turn back and tell the people so that the others could share in the good news.

We too need to share the good news—the Good News. Many people have never heard of Jesus. Many people have heard everything but the Truth. We weren’t meant to learn about Jesus, get saved, and keep it a secret from the rest of the world. We are to go in the world and spread the Good News. There is hope—Jesus.

“Finally, they said to each other, ‘This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.’” – 2 Kings 7:9 [NLT]

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Make Some Noise

“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” – Matthew 10:27 [NIV]

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My daughter has two hermit crabs, each with totally different personalities. As I was reading my Bible the other day, I heard a strange noise and looked over at the hermit crab area. The one hermit crab as usual was nowhere to be found. He spends most of his time hiding in the sand and if we did not know that we placed him in there, we wouldn’t know he existed most of the time. Then there’s the other hermit crab, the one who constantly is making noise from the rooftop. He climbs up to the top of his cocoa hut and he is heard.

This gets me thinking about Matthew 10:27, where we see this picture of a person who is sharing the message in the day, even shouting from rooftops. I know some people who are not afraid to speak of Jesus, to share their faith. They get up on the rooftop and their voice is heard. But I also know others who are like the hiding hermit crab. They don’t voice their faith and if an opportunity presents itself, they find a way to hide in the sand.

Today I encourage you to get out on the rooftop. Jesus isn’t asking us to literally stand on a rooftop or to be on a stage before a large crowd of people. Start by sharing with one person—go from there. Don’t hide in the sand today. We need you.

The Car Park

As I walked by the church car park, I noticed that a lady pulled her car into the lot, and then she turned around and drove out of the car park, only to park down the street. She used the lot simply to turn around so that she could get on the side of the street she wished to park. I thought then about the options that we have with the church parking area. We all drive into the church car park with the intentions of turning around. Some of us wish to turn our lives around, and we enter the car park with the desire to get to know God and have a relationship with Christ. Then there are other people who go into the parking area simply because they are using it as a way to turn their vehicles around so that they can go in another direction.

But then, there are the other people– the people who are considering what the church has to offer– but then change their mind and leave quickly, trying not to be noticed. I wonder how many people do that at our churches. Do we have a welcoming church? Have we placed out a welcome mat, or are we keeping the doors closed up? This is not really a question about the grounds maintenance and the presence of a welcome mat, but rather, a deep question that we need to all consider as we enter the walls of our church. If we are to share the gospel and bring people to know Christ, we must certainly be inviting. How is your church inviting? How are you inviting? This isn’t a question meant to judge and rate your church’s outreach program. This is a question to get you to consider more ways to share Christ. There’s so many people out there who haven’t heard about Jesus yet. Lets not lose hope.

“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.”
– John 4:35-36 [ESV]