Well…today, Friday the 13th, marks the end of my first week as a DCE intern. So far, I have noticed a few things about this job:
1. I love it. I have a lot of freedom to do what I want and I find that I am genuinely interested in my work.
2. I hate it. I am not accustomed to desk work and I really feel like I am wasting time when I just sit at my desk, peruse social media sites, make phone calls, or burn through To-Do lists.
3. I have noticed a change in me. I have never been one to talk about my religion, but this past week has put me in a position to openly speak on my beliefs in a number of places. These brief conversations are what I find most important.
a. I spoke at some length with a homosexual man at Hasting’s about Christianity, religion, and philosophy. He brought up some points that still resonate with me now. It was interesting to get that perspective on religion and religious people. I invited him to come check out our services on Sunday.
b. I spoke in depth with the young lady that rung up my purchases at Family Christian. She is an active member of another local church, but is interested in checking Trinity out as well. More exciting news.
c. I spoke with an older gentleman about what I did while at the grocery store. He praised our (the church’s) effort in trying to reach the youth of today as he felt they are totally lost and wandering around.
Now…I realize this post isn’t terribly insightful and is more or less a list of facts and otherwise boring events throughout my week, but I think it sends a clear message to us as Christians: You never know when God will put someone in front of you who needs to hear about Him. Always be ready. I am not talking about making sure you have a handful of “salvation tracts” available or having a spare pocket Bible on hand or even having an immense amount of Scripture memorized to share. Now, these are all good things, so do not mistake what I am saying. But being prepared is more than that. Being prepared involves willingness. It involves a level of commitment. It involves a plan of action. What I mean is this: be ready, at all times, to carry on a potentially SOUL-SAVING conversation with anyone you meet. Know your material, but also know that you will lose people if you check your cell phone or look around nervously while engaged in conversation. Know that a person may need to hear more law or Gospel than you are accustomed to sharing. Know your AUDIENCE that they may know your Savior. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to be ready to defend our faith but to do so with gentleness and respect. This, to me, is more important than being able to quote Scripture ad nauseum.
Ordinarily, I would have avoided these conversations and tried to extricate myself from the situations, but I did not. I felt compelled to stay and discuss even when I was tempted to make up excuses to leave. Instead, I followed the lead of the Holy Spirit and let him speak through me. I hope and pray that we all do the same.
In closing, keep strong in prayer and Bible study and in faith that you may be ready for when God puts you on a collision course with His lost sheep.
I pray God’s richest blessings on you, this day and always.