I have prayed much lately for opportunities to share the gospel here SWFL. I want to share the gospel. I'm burdened to share the gospel. However, I often times find it difficult for some reason (and I've prayed and sought to overcome this too). Today God opened a door for me that I wasn't expecting. While I sat at Starbucks there were three men sitting beside me. I've seen them several times in the past, and have had brief conversations with them.
On the other side of these men were a couple college age girls. I have also hoped to reach and minister to some of the students at Edison College, so I was hoping for a chance to talk with them. Before I could, however, one of the girls got up to leave. I noticed in her hand a Bible and a book by A.W. Tozer. I hoped to speak with her friend who was still here and find out if they were burdened for the students at Edison, how we could reach them, etc. Before I could speak with her one of the men started having a conversation with her. She was in the process of leaving so I never had the chance.
Once she left the man turned to his friends and said that she was studying to be a nurse, and that she wanted to be a missionary when she was finished. I was reading, but since they were so close I could hear the conversation. Then God completely surprised me. One of the men said, "I just can't see how anyone would want to be a missionary." Then one of the men, Frank, turned to me and said, "I'm sure this guy could help us understand why someone would want to be a missionary." Then he turned and asked me specifically.
My response was pretty simple. The reason is because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I told them that I believe that Jesus died for sinners and that only those who trust in Christ alone will be saved. I also told them that missionaries see the need to take this good news to those who've never heard so that they may respond in faith in Christ. In that moment, without really thinking about it, I had the chance to briefly explain the gospel to three men who were listening intently to what I had to say.
I am now praying that I have more opportunities in the future. I am also praying that God would take the small seed planted and cause it to grow. Only His Spirit can awaken a heart to believe, so that is my prayer. Would you pray for Frank and Bob with me?