Are you paying attention?
Since last week when I first felt real conviction about not sharing my faith, I have done a lot of praying and soul-searching. And in that process I have become hyper-aware of my surroundings when I’m out and about in the world. So last week while I was working at my other job a buddy of about five years called me up and wanted me to answer a question about the bible. On the surface, it seemed like I was just settling a debate between my friend and someone he was talking with. What I didn’t realize was that my buddy had struck up a bible conversation out of an intense curiosity and was, in fact, pondering eternity and the after-life!
The next night he called me again. He had another question about the bible! And this time, we stayed on the phone a little longer and I was able to get a little deeper into what was going on inside of him. God was indeed calling this man to salvation, I could feel it! I was so excited for this person that when I got off the phone I immediately began to pray for him and thanked the Lord for including me in such a special thing!
So, the next night he called me AGAIN with, yet another question, and he was wanting to share his feelings on what he had been reading in the bible. He told me he couldn’t put it down, that he just had to keep reading! My friend is truly on the road to eternal life with Jesus!! He hasn’t quite gotten there yet, but he’s close. I praise God for it!
I haven’t heard from him in a few days. And I’m sure it’s because of the holiday hustle and bustle. But in the time since I last spoke with him I have had some pretty sad questions in my mind. How many of my friends and buddies have been deeply curious about Jesus over the last few years that I never cared enough about to pay attention to when they exhibited signs of that very thing? How many encounters has the Holy Spirit set up for me to share my faith with someone where I failed to capitalize on His supernatural influence in my circumstances? More conviction.
So I encourage you all to ask yourself this question… Am I really paying attention to the people around me? Because I can promise you this; if you are a born-again Christian, the Lord is putting people in your path.
That’s my Tell The World Tuesday story. What’s yours?
In His Service,