Saturday, June 19, 2010
What Qualifies You?-Workplace Witnessing 2
It was right after we had a training class at work. The trainer, Charlie, from our Health & Safety Group stayed after a bit to chit chat with another co-worker of mine. I wasn't really into what they were talking about so I picked up my tattered Bible to finish up my daily reading. Of course when Charlie noticed the taped together book in my hand, the inevitable question arose. "What is that you are reading?" As I answered and told him it was my Bible, I started shaking a bit and the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 2 echoed through my mind. "For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling." My buddy Ray then asked Charlie his thought of life after death, Heaven and Hell. It was when Charlie responded with something to the effect of just needing to be good that I knew I had to jump in and share the Gospel. For the first 3 minutes through a trembling voice, I opened up God's Law with him. The whole time I was trying to remember what they taught us at the Ambassador's Academy. "If you have fear, you just qualified yourself to share the Gospel." I did, thanks to God, calm down and share the whole Gospel. In sharing, a couple others who were there at the time quietly slipped out the door. Fortunately Charlie stuck around. He shot me a couple of questions from left field that I was able to answer but I kept running towards his conscience and the reality of Judgment Day. Come to find out he had a Buddhist background but his mom was a Christian so he's familiar with the faith. However, I can say that I'm almost certain he had never heard the biblical Gospel and that Jesus' death on the cross was about righteousness and not happiness. I left him a million dollar bill tract which he put into his wallet and I emailed him the link to the Why Christianity booklet. I was glad that God empowered me to share, not knowing anything but Christ crucified and to go into battle with my greatest qualifications, fear and trembling. Those qualities allow you to rely fully on God in witnessing situations. So, I leave you with this. If you've ever said, "I'm too scared to share the Gospel with someone!" Guess what? As we see in God's Word, you just qualified yourself and are in the good company of someone who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament-Paul.