The other day I was sitting in the automotive shop waiting to have the oil changed in my car. As I was sitting there, a mother comes inside with her three daughters. The two older girls sat down in the chairs beside me and began flipping through the magazines and looking at different pictures. The younger of the two sisters picked up the Bible sitting on the table and began telling me how she could pick out different words and read them to me. I began talking with her and watching her joy as she found another set of words that she knew. I asked her if she wanted to hear a story, and she eagerly said yes. She and I talked about Jesus feeding the 5,000. She began asking questions and wanting to hear more. We talked a little more before she had to leave, and as she left she gave me a hug goodbye and said this, “Thank you for talking to me about Jesus.” Let me tell you, her words left me feeling as happy as a kid in a candy shop with an unlimited amount of money to feed their want for a sugar rush. It felt GREAT to tell someone about Jesus.
What does the Bible say about opportunities?
Ephesians 5:16- Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
2 Peter 3:9- The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Proverbs 10:5- He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
It is important for us as Christians to share the Word of God.
Mark 16:15- And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Psalm 96:3- Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!”
We are commanded to go into ALL the world and proclaim the Gospel. How many times do we fall short of this command? What are the reasons of people not doing as commanded?
- Fear of rejection
- No time to do it
- Someone can do it better
- Not confident in their faith
- Fear of being questioned
- Some Christians are not evangelically minded
- “I need to fix myself before I try to fix others.”
- Some are “passive” Christians
- And the list goes on… and on…. and on….
Jonah said, “Here am I, I’m not going” (Jonah 1:1-3): Today many are like Jonah- Running away from spiritual obligations, believing we have good reasons which clear us from the responsibility to spread the Word.
Moses said, “Here am I, send Aaron” (Exodus 3:10): Moses gave excuses aimed at removing himself from God’s choice as deliverer of Israel. Do we not often rationalize why we are not best suited for some spiritual work, that surely God could find someone better than me to do what needs to be done?
Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me.” (Isaiah 6:8): This should be the attitude and action of God’s people today. When was the last time you remember having such eagerness in serving the Lord?
We are sent to: be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-15); be a light in the world (Matthew 5:14-16); be a sojourner (1 Peter 2:11-12); to teach my family, friends, neighbors, the community, the world.
We have so many opportunities in life. We have the ability to receive an education, find jobs, and freely worship with other Christians, along with hundreds of other things. We also have opportunities to share the Word on a daily basis. Whether it is in a grocery store, school, the workplace, a restaurant, a playground or even an automotive shop, we have opportunities right in front of us every single day.
Evangelism goes way beyond the preacher and the pulpit.
Acts 8:4- Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
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Rachel Garrison is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Special Education. She attends Atwood church of Christ. Rachel volunteers with the Special Olympics organizations in West Tennessee. She loves blogging, going home to see her dog (and family), and binge watching Netflix instead of doing her homework.