Archive for March, 2015

Opened Eyes

Posted: March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Earlier this semester, I wrote about how I had been praying for opportunities to share the gospel and how God had given me opportunities. With that in mind, I would like to share an appropriate story that happened this semester.

A couple of weeks ago, I was stressed about a huge test that I had on Monday. After worship on Sunday night, I ran by cookout to get dinner before going to the library to study. I was hoping to get in and out of cookout extremely fast, but God had different plans for me. As I went to the bathroom to wash my hands, a man stopped me and asked me if I believed in God. Shamefully, my first thought was “oh great he’s going ask me for money, I don’t have time for this.” Typically, I do not give people money, but will always offer to buy food. He told me about his family that was waiting for him at the bus station, so I went and got him some food for his family. As we talked, I ended up giving him some money for bus tickets for his family. I left and went to eat my dinner so I could head out and go study.

As I was sitting there eating, I was suddenly convicted that I had given this guy food and money for bus tickets, but never once said anything about Jesus. I realized that God was handing me an opportunity to share the gospel and I was ignoring it because I had to study! I quickly repented and walked back over to talk with him. I sat down and told him about Christ’s love that compelled me to love him. I told him about the love that God displayed in His Son and the salvation that can be found in Him. I then had the chance to pray over him and his family.

I was crazy to see how everyday life clouded my eyes to see an opportunity that was sitting right in front of me. My prayer is that not only would God give us these opportunities, but that God would constantly open our eyes to the opportunities around us. It’s encouraging to hear different stories of how God is working through the people in Shandon College Ministry, let’s keep pursuing His name being proclaimed and glorified among all around us!

Also, just a reminder that we will be passing out peeps and inviting those in our community to Church for Easter Sunday Service this weekend. If you are interested and want to come be a part of that, we will be meeting at Shandon Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday after church!

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 1 Corinthians 3:7

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

 During the summer of 2013, a friend and I spent 7 weeks living in a village in Niger, West Africa. Our primary goal during our time there was to assist a church planter by making contacts and sharing the Gospel with people throughout the village. Through God’s grace, we were able to meet and share the Gospel with around 250 people. However, by the end of the summer not a single person had professed Jesus Christ as Lord.

Rather than being discouraged, I took comfort in the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 3. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, placing emphasis on the fact that although we may plant and water seeds, it is “God who brings the growth.” With this verse in mind, I went out each morning to talk to people about Jesus, confident that God was working in ways that I could not see.

People are not are saved by our careful presentations, but rather through “the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). Trusting in God as the author of salvation gives us the freedom to confidently share the Gospel in the face of resistance or lack of obvious fruit. Our joy is found in obedience to Christ, rather than hoping in our own strength to bring people to salvation.

Four months after I returned home from Niger, I found out that one of the men that we had met there professed his faith in Jesus Christ. We planted the seed, the missionary watered it, and God made it grow. Never let your obedience in evangelism depend on outward results, but rather trust in God who can do immeasurably more than you could possibly imagine.