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Sharing Is Caring – Part 1
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14
An evangelist tells a story about a time he met a young person in church for the first time. The boy is fixed on the image of Jesus dying on a cross. The evangelist watches the boy. His gaze doesn’t move. The boy’s mouth is gaping. The evangelist watches. The boy scrunches up his eyebrow and then relaxes. The evangelist watches. He scrunches then relaxes. The evangelist senses an opportunity. He walks over to the boy. Scrunch. He stands shoulder to shoulder with him. Relax. The boy remains fixated. The evangelist senses the moment. And then the boy asks, ‘Who is it?’ The evangelist wonders what he means. ‘The guy stretched out on that thing. Who is he? What’s he doing?’ The boy had lived all of his thirteen years in England and he’d never seen a picture of Jesus. He’d heard the word before, but only as a swear word. How can somebody in this country, in this day and age, never have come across Jesus? What did he think Christmas was for? Or Easter? Hadn’t he heard why people wear silver crosses around their necks? Bam. The simple answer is also a simple question: how could he hear unless somebody told him?
Heavenly Father, help me never assume that people have been told about You. Help me share You with those who do not know You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen