Eternity is rushing towards us.
You and everyone else must be ready.
One of the things I like to do whenever Iâ€™m in a coffee shop is to buy someoneâ€™s coffee. Anthony was behind the counter the other day and said, â€œYou are the second person who has paid for someone elseâ€™s coffee today.â€ I, of course, always reply by saying, â€œJesus says it is more blessed to give than receive.â€ I donâ€™t play the â€œpay it forwardâ€ game. I want to make sure the expression of generosity glorifies the Lord.
The Coffee Shop
Yesterday, I bought coffee and food for a lady named Ana. She was more than Â thrilled that someone would do that for another person. I guess it hadnâ€™t happened to her before. We ended up having a short chat before her drink was ready. She ended up saying, â€œWhat kind of Christian are you?â€ What a great question. She stated that there are so many different kinds out there: Mormons, Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses, Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, etc. I let her know that I was a Bible-believing Christian and that I trust Jesus and not a church or denomination for the cleansing of my sin. She liked that answer and said she was an evangelical Christian. After she took a couple of books, she was off to her seat.
Weâ€™re living in a day and age that is full of misinformation. And when the lies are deliberate, they become disinformation. There is plenty of that going around these days. Deception seems to be at an all-time high.
What nobody wants to trust in are lies about eternity. But the enemy of our souls is clever. He fools people into throwing some or all religions into the same basket, as if just mental ascent to the existence of God is close enough.
Many want to mix several religions together, as if they are all Christian, but most of them fall in the category of Christian cults. They appear to be Christian to the outside world because they claim to worship God and Jesus. However, a closer look shows they donâ€™t have the right image of God, they worship a different Jesus, and they trust in a false gospel. They are counterfeits of biblical Christianity.
Always remember that a false god offers a false atonement and gospel, but the true God of the Bible offers the gospel of Christ that can remove the sinner’s sin and saves them from judgment.
When I left the coffee shop a while later, I waved to Ana and said, â€œGoodbye.â€ But as I was walking to my car, I heard my name being shouted from behind me. It was Ana. She had come out of the coffee shop because she wanted to tell me a story and ask me a question. Apparently, the week before some people were sitting next to her in a restaurant. They were talking about their lives, and one lady was not having a good one. It was pretty miserable. Then another lady piped in, â€œI donâ€™t believe Jesus is the Son of God.â€ Ana said everything in her system was screaming to speak up and say something, but she didnâ€™t.
I remind people all the time, â€œDonâ€™t beat yourself up.â€ We all miss opportunities that are right in front of us. My goal is to miss fewer and fewer of them. Ana stated that she wanted to get better at sharing her faith and asked how could she do that? We had a great chat. Then, she let me know that after she missed that opportunity, she had prayed that God would show her how she could be bolder in witnessing to people. And, there we were, standing next to each other at a coffee shop! God is good, and yes, God answers prayers!
I asked her, â€œIs it okay to butt into peopleâ€™s conversations, Ana?â€ She said, â€œNo.â€ I said, â€œYes!!â€ Two very different opinions there! I reminded her that Satan buttâ€™s into peopleâ€™s lives all the time, so it is okay to butt into a conversation with something good that will help people out. We just need to interrupt people in a loving manner, so we can give them the truth they need.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
You Got Used
She was actually heading to a Bible study that she has with four other girls from her church. I gave her some books for her and the girls, so all of them would be encouraged to share their faith.
One thing I said seemed to really resonate with her. It was the same thing I mentioned to someone else earlier that day. I said, â€œAt the end of your life, either God is going to have used you or Satan is going to have used you, but you are going to get used.â€ Then I usually ask the person Iâ€™m saying that to, â€œHave you ever been used by someone before?â€ They always answer, â€œYes.â€ I then continue by asking, â€œWas that a good feeling?â€ And, they always respond in the negative. Then I remind them, â€œIt will not be a good feeling if we allow Satan to do the using of our lives as well.â€
Ana and I had a really good give and take. It is very exciting to see people in their 20s who want to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. All they might need is some encouragement and direction along the way. Make sure you are an encourager to folks like that as your journey to the throne of God continues.
Until the Nets are Full,
P.S. When Ana and I were talking, I mentioned that she might like to listen this talk, Pray for B.O.B. She was planning to find it and watch it.
If youâ€™re like her and need some help or encouragement to be bolder about sharing your faith, our talk. might be a great video to listen as youâ€™re driving, working around the house, or exercising. We have heard comments from others saying how it helped them to think through how they might be bolder every time they walk out of their house and into the world.
P.P.S. You, too, can also find encouragement to be bolder in your witnessing for the Lord by picking up some or all of our DVDs. They are packed with teaching and real-life examples. They are currently being offered at a suggested donation from $8 per DVD or $6.25 per disc in the bundle. When we see and hear how witnessing conversations go with others, we realize we can do it, too. We serve a great God who can use us in unimaginable ways if we will just step out and speak up!