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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
- TITLE: Along for the Ride
By April Bailey
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“How can I share my faith with them?” I sought the counsel of my church group leader. “I’m the baby sister. They’ll probably just laugh and give me noogies.”
“Pray about it and God will show you the way.” She offered comfort, citing several scripture verses which I promptly forgot.
Genuinely wanting to share Jesus with my unsaved siblings, I did pray. And often. However, when the day of the trip arrived, I still had no idea what to say to them.
We set off for Indianapolis on a perfect summer day, the two oldest in front, Kevin and me in back. It had been a long time since we’d all been together, so the first hour was filled with laughter and animated recounting of life’s adventures. Eventually, Lyle and Justin, the older two, embarked on a playful roasting session. The dozens. As jocular insults were traded up front, the sensation of God overcame me and I closed my eyes, resting in His glorious peace against the back seat.
How can I share this with them, Lord? My spirit felt so alive, so real and vital. How had I gone so many years without knowing Him?
Kevin had fallen silent too, yet I could feel his gaze on me.
“So,” he shifted in his seat, “tell me about your church.”
Hallelujah! God had done it; He’d opened the door. I was able to share about Jesus and my brother listened intently to every word. Kevin is now a long-time believer, who’s been active in youth and worship ministries. He told me later, it was God’s radiance that caught his attention that day. “You were glowing! I needed to know what that was so I could have it too.”
That trip now holds special meaning in my heart. It was a purposeful journey during which God’s will had been accomplished. A soul was saved that day. Without me having to say a word to spark a spiritual discussion, God used me to draw my brother into the Kingdom. Kevin and I are still praying for the other two.
Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalms 37:5-6 NIV
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