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.