Missed Opportunities by John Custer
We should all desire to lead people to Christ, but sometimes we miss the most obvious opportunities.
For instance, I noticed that a Response Card box was checked. “I would like info about accepting Jesus,” signed by Ann. I imagined how the Holy Spirit was working in her life that brought her to this moment. I forwarded the cards to others for followup. My job as church treasurer was done…… I thought.
Several weeks later while having coffee in the fellowship hall, I noticed that Ann came through the line.
I wondered if anyone had contacted her about accepting Jesus. Then suddenly as if God Himself ordered her steps, she walked directly to my table and sat opposite me. I did not know her well. After I greeted her, and without a lot of other chit chat, I said, “Ann, I noticed that several weeks ago you placed a card in the offering indicating your desire to know more about accepting Jesus. Did anyone ever contact you about that?”
“I did turn in that card, but no one contacted me about it,” she said.
My initial feeling was, “How could we as a church drop the ball? Isn’t this what Jesus told us to do? Isn’t this why we have coffee and donuts between services?” I mused.
Within five minutes we bowed our heads and Ann accepted Jesus as her Savior. The Holy Spirit had already prepared her heart. We must be sensitive to when the Holy Spirit is working in someone’s life and take advantage of that opportunity.
Jesus said, “…look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 (NIV)
“Lord help me not to miss an opportunity to tell others about you.”
Sharing Christ is my purpose and passion.