Always Be Ready!

Posted: April 24, 2010 in Ministry, Relationship w/ Jesus

Just the other day I went to workout in the gym at our apartment complex and I ran into a guy that Kendall and I had just met a couple days before.  I was planning on working out well before I actually got there, but through a series of circumstances I was not able to get there until this time.  I go in and there is this guy.  We begin talking and he asks me what I do.  I answered back telling him I was an associate pastor at a church in the area.  This then caused us to enter into a conversation where I get to share the basics of the Bible and the Gospel.  This conversation took place in about 3 minutes while we’re working out, so there was no time to not be ready to answer him.  I also had a church invite (postcard for current message series) in my workout bag that I was able to give him.

Following this meeting that I do not believe is mere chance, I kept thinking about when the Bible says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).  Peter writes this verse telling believers in Jesus to always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope they have in Jesus.  You would think that this would be something that we (Christ Followers) would be sure to do.  We have found “the truth, the life, and the way,” (John 14:6) and our lives have been transformed into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We should be able to verbalize our belief in 5 minutes or less, and we should always have something to give the person (Gospel Tract (booklet that details the news of Jesus), Church Invite, Business Card, etc).

The problem is that so many times we’re not looking for opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus, or we’re just not prepared!  I want to encourage you to be prepared.  Be ready to share the Gospel (Good News of Jesus) and why you follow Jesus in 5 minutes or less.  Have your heart and mind ready.  Have a Gospel Tract, Church Invite, or something at all times that you can give to a person you talk with.  Lastly, always be praying and looking for opportunities to tell others about Jesus.  Always be prepared!

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