I am an ordained minister who has a secular job, so it is not unusual for coworkers who have spiritual questions to come to me. But I learned years ago, long before I was a minster of the gospel, even before I considered going into the ministry, that if you are a Christian who lives out your Christianity, people will come to you with their spiritual questions. I also know that sometimes people have spiritual questions that they don’t really think are such. Occasionally they think they are just making a joke about the afterlife or telling you about their debaucherous weekend or something like that. However, it is necessary at all times for Christians to look for opportunities to share the gospel. Those opportunities are more common than many people suspect, and there is nothing more important for that person than to hear the message.
Let me tell you about one of these opportunities
Recently a coworker made a joke about the weather that was much more than a joke. His comment went something like this, “Wow it’s hot out there. I better go to church Sunday. If hell is supposed to be hotter than this I need to change my ways.”
For him this was a somewhat silly, throwaway comment. He meant it as a joke - mostly. But I know, and any believer knows, that there is more to a statement like that than pure jokiness. It speaks to a knowledge built into all of us that we are incomplete. A joke like this one is about much more than just the weather. This is an opportunity to share the gospel.
I’d like for you to take a second and consider how you would have proceeded if presented with an opportunity to witness such as this. What would you have said next? Would you have at least recognized it as an opportunity to share the gospel? Feel free to tell me in the comments how you would have responded.
He was literally walking out the door when he made this comment so I had no opportunity to reply, but the conversation continued with someone else. I have another post about how this progressed planned for tomorrow.
By the way, if I had the opportunity I would have told him that I believe the Bible and that I actually do believe in hell and that it will be much more miserable than the weather right now. I believe that this would have definitely led to an opportunity to share the gospel.
I will talk about that tomorrow.