I am learning that one of the best ways to learn how to share my faith is to glean from the wisdom of those who have been doing it for years. Since I’ve recently been asking the Lord for wisdom and training in witnessing, I was delighted with the amazing way He provided for me today.
Last night, Sarah, my dad and I drove into Darien, Illinois (where my dad grew up) for a Bible Quizzing Tournament this Saturday. This morning, we decided Panera sounded good for breakfast. Just as we sat down with our bagels—surprise!—some good friends walked in, not knowing we were in the area. After warm greetings, we invited them to join us for breakfast.
Immediately they began sharing some recent witnessing stories. Since I kept asking, they kept sharing, and wow—was I encouraged! They shared for 2 hours straight about the incredible ways the Lord has led them in sharing the gospel. From hosting neighborhood children’s events to making friends at local restaurants and stores…they shared example after example of times the Lord brought seeking souls across their paths. I wish I could share it all with you now but I don’t want to make this blog a newspaper.
Later this afternoon, we ran into another good friend and, upon hearing my desire to gain insight in witnessing, he graciously agreed to share his “fishing” advice with me. He goes out “fishing” everyday and is always sharing stories about those that he has led to the Lord. I felt so privileged to have this appointment with this hero of the faith and I bounced dozens of questions off him. One of the major things I learned was how powerful simplicity is. The devil wants to make the gospel look complicated and scare us away from attempting to share it. But Jesus said, “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. (Matt. 18:3)
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I really enjoyed your comments about witnessing and fishing. We’ve been able to hear those “fishing” stories from the same person you wrote about–the man in the second picture above is my mom’s uncle! We love hearing all about the “fish” he’s caught! He is a very inspiring person to listen to, and has taught us much about sharing our faith.
Is is so encouraging to walk with the wise and learn from them! I too have been praying for the Lord to build my witnessing skills. Thanks for the reminder about the simplicity of the gosple – it is SO simple, and all it takes is simple sharing from our hearts. I think too the devil wants to make sharing it seem complicated to us, when it’s just “giving and answer for the hope that is in [us]”. I always love your posts! 🙂 Many blessings to you!
Wow! How fun that the Lord had planed that you could meet your friends without even knowing! God Bless……..
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