"Pray to God, "Use me!" Pastor Matt's words roared in the sanctuary, as he challenged the congregation. Then he added humorously, "But be prepared! Because if you are serious, He really will!"
I chucked when i heard those resounding words. I saw others in the congregation nodding in agreement as well.
Pastor Matt then went on to elaborate on how we often pray for opportunities to be used by God or to grow in a certain aspect of our life, but ever so often we fail to realize them when they come. We ask God to teach us love, patience, anger management, or self control...
As the benediction was given, I thanked God in my heart for the reminder to earnestly seek out opportunities to evangelize. While the music played, I whispered to Him, "Father, use me to reach out to your people."
That night after service, I was on my own when i bumped into two salesmen who were trying to sell their company's savings plan. I was persistently disinterested...but eventually i complied. I heard what they had to say, thanked them politely for the knowledge i gained and walked on.
However, if you might guess, God had greater plans. A couple of minutes later, His voice penetrated through the Christian song playing on my earpiece.
"Walk back", the voice commanded. "Take out the gospel tract in your bag (which a stranger on the bus had handed to me earlier on 'coincidentally') and give it to them."
"Serious?" I questioned. You see, I am an introvert by nature and even though I have some experience in evangelism, the idea of reaching out to a stranger here in Singapore was still relatively foreign and even quite frightening. Moreover, i had already walked quite a distance. I could almost hear my empty stomach protesting. "Maybe they are already Christians?!" I battled with God, "But..what if they aren't?" I considered, "This walk back the street could impact their eternal destiny." The contents of the sermon refreshed themselves in my mind, and I remembered my prayer.
I knew I had to take that walk.
I took a pause, rummaged for the gospel tract, took one very long deep breath, and then traced back my steps.
"God, I'm only doing this because of you alright." I uttered under my breath, while ice cold chills trickled down my little spine.
As the distance between them and me decreased, my determination surprisingly increased. I even found myself pleading with God that they wouldn't be occupied so i could minister to them.
"Hi again," I said with a smile when I finally reached, immediately noticing the very surprised looks on their faces. "someone passed this to me just now and I'm already a Christian so i don't need it... Are you both Christians?" I waited eagerly for their responses, acting as though i had done this a thousand times before.
Apparently, one was a Catholic, the other a free-thinker. "Well this is for you then... God bless you both." I said cheerfully, as i placed the tract in their hands and took my leave, having felt that was all i needed to say!
I don't know how they responded to the tract (though i would have loved to watch their expressions). But I know I'm expecting God to work on that simple act! Just as my pastor said, "It's a waste of time going out there talking to people about Jesus and not expecting God to act!"
I walked out of my boat of comfort, and as a result of that, I met Jesus in the water.
My heart felt as though it was beating out of my chest, yet i felt so good after that, that I didn't even feel hungry anymore.
"When you walk on water, you never forget it, not for the rest of your life." John Ortberg once said, in his book, "If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat".
How about you? Will you take that walk for Jesus?
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