As a former pastor and missionary I have always been stirred with a burden for lost souls. I have spent many hours writing and distributing tracts in apartments as well as knocking on doors to share the message of salvation. My enthusiasm though, had often taken a dive when I saw a lack of response. Then one day God gave me an idea and things changed remarkably.
Now when I go out to witness I do it with great enthusiasm because I found a secret that has been 99% effective for three years on almost 1000 strangers. This secret will:
a) make people eagerly approach me with a smile;
b) break down all racial, religious or political barriers;
c) allow me to share Jesus without interruption or dispute;
d) send people happily on their way expressing a desire to read their Bible and for more of God .
My method is so sweet that I wonder who enjoys it more, myself or the people I meet and it's so simple a child could do it. Here is what I do. I just walk around in malls or in downtown Omaha and wait for people to approach me and ask me a question. The question they always ask and with a great big smile is, "Can I have some money?" Strange question you may think but not really. For you see written on my t-shirt is my secret to success. It actually says, ASK ME FOR MONEY. When people ask they aren't expecting a religious conversation and are put in a wonderful mood from the start. Then the fun begins. My answer takes them by surprise when I hold out a quarter and respond by asking them what the bestselling book of all time is? If they answer the Bible I give them a quarter. I quickly follow up with a series of ten questions which is actually a Bible quiz. For each right answer I give them a nickel or dime. One dollar if they can quote John 3:16. Five dollars if they can quote the 23 Psalm.
The last question is the clincher. I ask them, "In one word can you tell me what Jesus was thinking about when he was dying on the cross for our sins?" They often respond, (peace or love), No I tell them, He was thinking about, (then I pull out a card with the letters written on it - YOU. He was thinking about YOU! He was thinking about you then and He is thinking about you now. That is why He died for you and that is what He has sent me to tell you today. He loves you and He has a plan for your life. Won't you get down on your knees and talk to Him today.
The response is terrific. I have made so many friends. Many of the people give me their earnings back and tell me to keep on sharing this message. Several have said they need to go home and get back to reading their Bibles. Others have asked me to teach them the 23Psalm.
Its too bad that the "GOOD NEWS" is also the best kept secret of the Christian world. But now that I have shared my secret of how you can effectively and enjoyably share God's love I hope you take advantage of this idea. As each day passed the message of Jesus is being buried more and more under a mountain of trivial news and trite distractions. Bringing one soul to Jesus should be cared about more by us than any other thing in life. Together, lets spread the good news.