I received this email a few weeks ago from one of my friends and loyal readers of this website.
Take an encouragement from what he shares about a divine appointment (shared here with his permission).
We got off the plane and walked into the airport, looking for guidance on where to catch our next plane … we had to go right or left.
I looked left and saw my STARBUCKS not too far down. I jokingly told my wife that Starbucks had to be a “sign from God” and that we had to go that way! So we walked down to Starbucks and wouldn’t you know, the gate for our connecting flight was right across from Starbucks.
After dropping our carry on bags in some seats near the gate, I headed over to Starbucks to get a coffee.
While standing in line, I encountered a Starbucks employee who caught a glimpse of my shirt and became captivated by the image on the front of it, which showed Christ hanging on the cross with the caption “Rebel With A Cause” above the image.
He then checked the back of my shirt, which had a concise presentation of the Gospel.
He responded in such a way that allowed for me to ask him questions about where he was spiritually and to briefly share the gospel with him, all this time while I was standing in line to get my coffee.
I could tell he was really dialed in based on having read my shirt and what I told him. I challenged him to find a Bible and start reading one chapter a day from the book of Matthew. Before reading, I told him to pray and ask God to reveal himself through the scriptures.
Lessons learned from this encounter:
- ALWAYS be ready to share. I have found that many times, the opportunity will present itself when you are least expecting it!
- Christian stuff like my shirt are often incredibly effective at creating spiritual conversations that are initiated by people you come across in everyday life.
Did you hear that? The conversation is initiated by those you come in contact with … not you!
That is so big when it comes to sharing the gospel. So many of us get stuck on that … we are afraid, don’t know how to get the conversation going and then steer it toward Christ. With this, you don’t start … they do!
It is THEY who choose to start the conversation, so they cannot accuse you of “cramming it down their throats”. THEY opened the door, now you can walk through it.
Thanks friend for sharing. I’ve often thought that some of those Christian t-shirts were a little cheesy. Some of the cliche laden bumper stickers are even worse.
But sometimes, as you experienced, they open the door to a spiritual conversation.
As one of my friends calls it, a front porch. An invitation to start a conversation.
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