[Photo by Susan Murtaugh on Flickr.]
A few days ago, my five-year-old son Liam and I went to Starbucks to use a gift card my sweet neighbors had given me for my birthday. As I got out of the car, I noticed two young women sitting on a bench that had a stand with copies of the Watchtower, which is the religious magazine published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. While they were talking to each other, Liam and I walked past them quickly and went inside. We ordered our food, ate, and chatted, just Mommy and son.
I had a lovely time with my boy—which is not difficult to do when get to spend time with the coolest kid on the planet—but in the back of mind I kept thinking about the women outside. The whole time, I felt convicted to talk them. I really didn’t want to because I had other things to do. But I knew I had to.
So as we walked out, I took a deep breath and approached them quietly. I introduced Liam and myself and asked if I could share a couple of Bible verses with them. They agreed so I shared with them these verses from Colossians 2:9 and John 8:58:
“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.’”
I explained that Jesus said He was God, not just the Son of God. They seemed to become uncomfortable, and I could tell my time with them was going to be very brief, so I asked them to please search the Scriptures for themselves and see. They said they would consider the verses I shared with them.
I thanked them for their time and walked into the CVS right next to door to grab a couple of items.
The whole time I was inside the store my heart was heavy. I thought about how much I wanted the women to know the real Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible. The One who loves them and paid the penalty for the sins of those who fully trust in Him alone. The Jesus who is fully God and became fully man to save us.
So I began to pray for them and for some reason decided to buy them each a bag of chips (2 for $1) as a gesture of my appreciation for them speaking with me.
You know, because nothing says “Thank You” like a couple of bags of Fritos.
So after we paid, we walked back up to them and gave them the chips. They were so happy! Their demeanor immediately softened. They thanked us and told us their names (Sophie and Polima). I also handed them each a gospel tract and asked if they would read it. They smiled and said they would.
As we walked away my 5 year old looked up to me and said, “Those ladies really liked those chips Mama!”
“Yes they did, huh?” I said. “Do you know what I was talking to them about earlier?”
He replied, “Yeah, Jesus is God!”
And that was it.
It got me thinking: How many people do we miss out on sharing Jesus with with because we are too busy? I almost missed an opportunity that day because I simply didn’t want to be bothered. I’m not sharing this for a pat on the back but just as an encouragement that any Christian (yes you!) can share the love of Jesus. The encounter only took maybe 5 extra minutes out of my day.
So what’s stopping you from sharing the Gospel today?
Eternity is forever friends. Share the good news of Jesus with someone today.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:16-17