Monday, December 18, 2017

Evangelism

June 16, 2010 by  
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“Go ye into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Her eyes aching and her back beginning to stiffen, Sandy grabbed her coffee cup and decided to take a break from the computer screen and the stack of paperwork on her desk. She passed the gray sea of cubicles similar to her own and chuckled to herself remembering the first day she worked there and went for coffee. She couldn’t find her way back to her desk.

The smell of coffee wafted out of the kitchen area and Sandy was glad the pot had just been refilled. She joined the other women at the table and allowed herself to relax after glancing at the clock.

“Did you hear Ed is in the hospital?” informed Diane to the group. “If he’s lucky, the cancer hasn’t spread too quickly.” Sandy sipped her coffee and said, “I’ll have to put him on the prayer list at my church.” Seeing all eyes turn to her, she suddenly became self-conscious and recovered quickly and said, “And yes, I hope he’s lucky and they caught it in time.”

Sandy had felt relief that she dodged that near encounter of people thinking she was some kind of religious nut and consoled herself that she would email her church to request that he be put on the prayer list as soon as she got home that day. She ruefully thought to herself, how often do I get excited when I talk to my Christian friends, but once I get to the office, I feel like I’m hiding my faith like it’s something to be embarrassed about?

Evangelism is something that many people often assume is a role for pastors and missionaries and brings to mind visions of someone shouting from a street corner waving a Bible. But you don’t need professional training or even a bold personality to share your faith; you just need a heart for the lost. Evangelism comes in many forms. Tracts are also an excellent way of sharing your faith – from praying that God will lead you to someone to share with so you can hand them out, to placing them in your payments for utility bills and even putting on public restroom counters or leaving with a restaurant tip, there are many creative ways of reaching everyone.

God never meant us to hide our Christianity. From the things we do to the things we say, everything should be to the glory of Christ and lead others toward the cross. As Matthew 5:14 – 16 states, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Sandy’s conscious pricked at her heart for the rest of the morning and she kept rewinding the conversation from the morning in her mind, regretting what she didn’t say. By the afternoon break, she determinedly picked up her coffee cup and prayed that the Lord would put the words in her mouth and heart of what He wanted her co-workers to hear about. The hallway seemed longer and her nervousness increased. What if they laughed? What if they made fun of her? She quickly began to pray and suddenly her fears washed away. What did it matter what they thought of her? She was a child of the Most High King and she was privileged to be the hands and feet of Jesus to proclaim the good news!

“Hi guys! Boy that coffee smells good. You know, I’ve just been thinking about Ed and the prayer request I’m going to send tonight to my church. We’ve had so many answered prayers from the prayer team at my church and so many miracles have happened recently of answered prayers. Would you like to hear about them?” Sandy smiled as her friends nodded. After she shared the miracle of prayer, she wanted to share the miracle of God’s grace of sending Jesus to save the world too. She hoped her break was long enough. But if not, she was determined tomorrow’s break would be used for the glory of Christ too!

Nancy Quinn has been married twenty one years, and hase a teenage son and two golden retriever/collies, one calm and one crazy. Her passion is WORDS and sharing the awesome message of God’s love through written form. She loves to encourage others through the WORDS the Lord gives me and hope the stories He gives me will encourage and help others in their walk with Christ too. Visit her web site and/or contact her at joyfulpenministries@hotmail.com.

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2 Responses to “Evangelism”
  1. Stephanie Jackson says:

    Great story and oh too true for many of us. Thank you Lord for people like Nancy who write what we need to hear ever so gently.

  2. Rita Garcia says:

    Thank you for this reminder to be a light for Christ where ever we may be be!