Recently I had the opportunity to fly on one of those cool little turboprop jets—the ones that fly lower and slower but give passengers a better view of the scenery. Of course, the interior was cramped with two scaled-down seats on each side of the aisle. In such cases, relating in some way to the person adjacent to you is inevitable. Having the window seat and feeling very blessed, I was ready and waiting to share my faith with whomever God would seat next to me.
A pleasant looking man showed up and fastened his seat belt. We took off! Then, he immediately retrieved a small book from his carry-on. While enjoying my view, I did notice my row-mate reading a few lines, closing his book, looking up, and repeating the process. What was he studying? My curiosity got the best of me and I strained, with my not-so-good vision on the left, to see the cover. Even with his napkin slightly over the corner of the book, I determined that the title was Rules of God. Rules of God? What would that be about? Was this man a pastor or an elder? What church? Hmm. Oh good, here’s my chance!
When the beverage service came, he handed over to me the peanuts and my cup of tea. I said, “Thank you,” and waited about 30 seconds for my overture. “That little book you’re reading intrigues me. What’s it about?” He lit up and enthusiastically displayed the cover of his book titled Rules of Golf!
For the remainder of the flight, this friendly golf-pro explained to me with numerous diagrams and photos a variety of obscure rules that especially apply to the famous St. Andrews Golf Course in Scotland. How educational for me! I guess I could’ve interjected, “Do you pray before you putt?’ But the flaps were down, and our plane was landing. When on my own again in the terminal, I could barely stop laughing!
There’ll be other chances, so let’s be ready to share what God has done for us! Here are some how-to’s direct from God’s Word!
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6 NIV).
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV).
SOME THOUGHTS TO PONDER
1. How would you describe your comfort level when sharing your faith with strangers? Are you enthusiastic and ready or do you feel intimidated because of our changing culture?
2. Have you ever had the opportunity to share your faith with a stranger while in transit? If so, what happened?
3. In what ways can you plan ahead for sharing your faith with others?
From Revitalize; Refresh, Renew & Revive Your Spirit Now (A Six-Week Devotional for Personal or Group Study) Copyright ©2018 by Carole Brewer CaroleBrewer.com All rights reserved. Available at Amazon.com. FREE eBook download at CaroleBrewer.com.
Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV) ©. Copyright ©1973, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.