Many of you noticed that Monica was not feeling well on Sunday morning. With the aid of resting on Monday and takings some antibiotics, she is feeling better.
But guess what? Since Monday was a holiday, I stayed home to take care of her...and you probably know what that means. She was kind enough to share with me.
So it is Wednesday morning and I have a doctor's appointment for a little later this morning. Feeling bad is not any fun.
But this week has me thinking. Just through casual contact Monica was able to share what ailed her with me. I simply stayed home and took care of her so she could rest and now I’m not feeling great (but I’m too stubborn to stay home and rest).
Often times we think our faith is much like a cold or other health related ailment. We figure it will spread through casual contact to those around us. We think we really don’t have to put much effort into sharing our faith...it will just, sort of, well, happen.
Unfortunately such is not the case. If we are going to share our faith, we must make an intentional effort to share it. Just being near or with someone is not likely to lead to their conversion.
Yes, “casual contact” is a good first step towards reaching out to a friend with the gospel message. But we have to take the outreach up a notch or two if we are to be successful in evangelism.
Jesus said to “GO into all the world…” (Matthew 28:19). The word “go” implies action and effort. The world (even if they are our friends) is not going to come to us, we have to make the effort to “go” to them.
Now, I’m going to the doctor and I might just stay home and rest this afternoon.