By Joel Settecase / 2-minute read
It can be very encouraging to learn that other believers are sharing their faith in Jesus, to remember that we are not alone in trying to get the Good News about him out to the people in our lives. That’s why one of our goals with the Think Institute is share those stories. Today we are featuring two from Kathy H. of Chicago.
A Well-Timed Gift
A while back the Lifeway bookstore at Moody was closing and had a huge sale so I bought a pocket New Testament with the thought of giving it to Dr. John (my Chiropractor).
I have been witnessing to him by sharing scripture and Christian music - also have invited him to church, but he lives in the NW suburbs and probably doesn't want to drive into the city.
So I went to see him yesterday and we were talking while he did ultrasound on my elbow. I was waiting for a good opportunity to give him the NT, but God had it under control. I'm not sure exactly what he said to me, but he mentioned the New Testament and then he said he used to have a pocket size NT, and with that I pulled the NT out of my pocket and gave it to him. I wasn't sure how he would react, but he seemed genuinely happy to receive it. He noticed the red lettering and said that those were Jesus' words. This is the first positive reaction I've had from him.
I don't know if he has a copy of the whole Bible, but I will find out. I have been praying for him daily since we were encouraged [by our church] to have a "one" to pray for. Our paths have crossed for a reason and I will continue praying for his salvation.
A Pink Slip Becomes A Golden Opportunity
I can't remember if I shared the story with you about one of my coworkers. One day she mentioned to me that she feels this void in her heart. At that moment I had to go to the switchboard and couldn't respond immediately, but I was praising God for the opportunity to share my faith with her. (As a side note she had a goal to get me to swear). It turned out that the next day we both received our pink slips. I wrote her a letter about God being the only one who can fill that void and that if she gave her life to Jesus, she would have a peace that no one could ever take from her. I only planted a seed and may never know the outcome, but praying that the Holy Spirit will cause her life to change. She did not share her address or phone with me.
It is amazing how God gives us opportunities to share our faith - even when we are hesitant - the circumstances are so clear you can't help but share the Good News!
These opportunities help me feel more bold to share my faith. Joel, thanks for your encouragement and I look forward to the next Apologetics lesson.
Thanks for sharing these stories, Kathy. I will pray for your chiro and your coworker to come to faith in Jesus (and I encourage our readers to do the same). —Joel