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#gospelliving: an update

This week I’ve been praying specifically for opportunities to share the gospel in my everyday life. I‘m asking God for open doors to walk through, needs to meet, a chance to show the love of Jesus.  And so far I don’t have any BIG stories to tell, but I am learning.

I’m learning to really look at people when they cross my path. To meet their eyes instead of looking away, checking emails on my phone, or saying nothing. To start conversations when I  normally wouldn’t, asking how their day is, and really listening to their response.

Basically I’ve been treating the strangers I meet at the grocery store, the bank, the local coffee shop, like friends, rather than strangers.

Isn’t that what Jesus did? Really saw and heard people?

Approached them as though they were already friends – family even?

So often we assume the worst of others. We assume that they won’t want to talk to us. We assume they won’t like us, or will find our questions annoying. We assume they’ll think us strange.

But who really finds genuine care and kindness annoying?

Its our own insecurity that causes us to question whether or not to show kindness to everyone we meet. Our own busy schedules, our own selfishness.

So even though I haven’t had the chance to tell someone Jesus loves them, or share the gospel message outright, Jesus has me in training. He’s training me to see people with the eyes of a friend, a family member, rather than a stranger. He’s teaching me how to listen, and not just to the words being spoken from the mouth, but the ones being communicated through the eyes, the body language, the heart. To use my spiritual eyes and ears.

“Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:10

This passage declares it so clearly. When we really see with our eyes, hear with our ears and understand with our hearts, change and healing comes! And life change and healing are sure signs of the kingdom coming, on earth as it is in heaven.

How is #gospelliving going for you this week? I’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections, and stories in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “#gospelliving: an update

  1. Heather, this post just spoke write to my heart. I have really felt so inspired by what you have been sharing and challenging others with lately on both your blog and in the influence forums. I think God is using bloggers like you to change peoples hearts and reach others.

    I love this challenge to live out the gospel in real life and not just on the blog. i am a bit of an introvert and through I grew up going to church have never been very bold about the gospel. Partly because I went to Christian school my whole life. When I went to Ireland for study abroad I had my first opportunity to really show non-believers the Gospel and I remember feeling so alive.

    Since I have been on maternity leave I have been praying that when I return to work God will use me. I want to be able to reach the kids I teach every day with His love and be bold when I talk to the other teachers. I feel like if God is going to call me back to work for this season, I need to really use it for his glory. I don’t really know how to go about sharing the gospel as a public school teacher, especially in New England and as a Science teacher where mention of God could be taken wrong and get me fired (though I doubt that would happen at my school). But I love this idea you wrote here, to just listen and stop. To treat people like they are friends. To truly care about them and interact. So I guess I will start with that and then keep praying that God opens the doors.

  2. This is something that I can absolutely learn from—as I don’t share the gospel enough. Sometimes I feel almost afraid to speak about it even though I passionately believe it and I know God wants me share His glory! Recently I have been trying to show His love and His grace all in how I treat and react to people–maybe hoping that it opens the door to greater communication about all He has done for me. Trusting Him to show me the way and the words to use!

    Thank you for posting!

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  4. This is so inspiring, Heather. I’ve been feeling convicted about how I’m more open about my faith online than I am in real life. I think that stems from the fact that everyone I hang out with is a Christian. But you’re right – the people we meet in line at the grocery store may not know Jesus.

    Thanks for this convicting, encouraging post.

  5. Love this! I just wanted to comment to say thank you for your constant encouragement in living out the gospel. I have thought about some of things you’ve written even after I’m offline – which means you are definitely making an impact!

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