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“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.”

- 1 Peter 1:14-15

 

Always Be Ready To Explain It (III)

Always Be Ready To Explain It (III)

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Part III

When Opportunity Knocks

There was a knock on the door and I wasn’t expecting company. On the other side of the door was a well-dressed young man in his late teens or early twenties and he was carrying a Bible. I had been praying for some time about how to share the gospel with people. This was shortly after I had become an actual confessed and repentant follower of Christ and I wanted to share the Good News and live obediently in doing so but starting the conversation can sometimes be tricky to navigate. Sometimes I can clearly see when God has answered a prayer and here standing in front of me was someone who had come to my house to talk about God. How much easier could it be?

Yet, I hear so often that people turn these door-to-door people away. Nine out of ten people who ring the door wanting to talk about God are Jehovah’s Witnesses and it seems the general consensus is: I don’t want to hear what they have to say and I’m not going to convince them, so just turn them away. I don’t understand this. Shouldn’t we be more worried about living obediently to God? 

“When I say to a wicked person, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.” (Ezekiel 3:18)

It is our duty to speak up for the Truth. Beginning a conversation that will lead to telling someone about the Gospel is the hardest thing I have found to do. When someone comes to my house to talk to me about God, it’s like God is shouting: “How much easier can I make it?” 

“‘Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.’” (Matthew 28:19)

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3:15)

I spoke with the young man for months, all the way up until we moved out of state. I would listen to what he had to say and challenge his claims that were against Biblical teaching. It not only gave me an opportunity to speak Truth, but it made him take a second look at what he had been taught. Each time he came, he brought a different person with him and I never felt outnumbered, just that it was more people to talk to about Truth. 

We are Christ’s representatives, told to treat everyone with love. When opportunity knocks, open the door. It doesn’t matter who is on the other side—it might just be an answer to prayer.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

—Redeemed

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