Have you ever taken a dare? Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone to do something that you knew was not going to be easy for you to do?
Today is one of those days. I am going to ask you to take a dare and step out of your comfort zone. I am going to challenge you to do something.
I’ll begin by telling you a story. A true story, that happened to me a few years ago.
I was in Ecuador, in early October, on a mission trip, to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to the people there. I did door-to-door witnessing, each day, and then we held church services in the evenings.
The days were long, starting early each morning and getting back home, each evening, around midnight. As the days went by, I began to get tired. On the last day, day ten, I was in a restaurant, in Ecuador, and was eating my final meal with my Ecuadorian friends, as we celebrated the week and the people who had come to Christ through our work. It was a great time of food and fellowship.
At 9:30 pm, we got up to leave the restaurant and to go home. I was the last one to walk towards the door and as I was moving I saw a group of three people, right by the door, who had just sat down to eat.
I felt the Spirit urge me to stop and witness to them. I was tired and didn’t want to stop. I simply wanted to get back to my hotel and go to bed. Let me pause and say I want you to know that I am not some super saint. I am just an ordinary guy like you. I get tired!
I continued to move towards the door. Again, the Spirit prompted me to stop. This time I did.
I thought I would give them a tract, or my personal testimony, and leave. I was halfway committed to witnessing to them. I was tired and wanted to go. Again, the Spirit prompted me to sit down and share the plan of salvation. So I did.
I met a man named Richard. I spoke in my broken Spanish and to my surprise he spoke English. Thank God. My Spanish is pretty weak!
Something amazing happened. As I began to share the story of Christ with them, it was apparent that they were very interested in knowing about forgiveness and spending eternity in heaven.
Richard was at the table with his mother and his son. It turns out that he had lived in Ecuador and now lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
In just a few minutes, Richard, his mother and son, all prayed to receive Christ as their Savior. It was so beautiful, to be the fortunate one, who got to lead them to Christ. They are an amazing family and they were so glad that I stopped at their table, to share the “good news” with them.
Richard told me that he would call me when he got home to the States. I wondered if I would ever see or hear from him again?
Ten days later, to my great surprise, I got a call from Richard. We had a wonderful visit and he invited me to Florida and told me I could stay in his home when I came. He wanted me to know he was so glad that I stopped by their table, while I was in Ecuador, to share Christ with them.
Wow! What a way to begin my day! To hear from a new believer in Christ!
So I now come back to you, with my Challenge. I DARE YOU. I DARE YOU to share your faith, with the people that God brings into your sphere of influence. I DARE YOU to reach out to the Richard’s that God brings into your life.
I challenge you to be a witness for Christ. It can be as simple, as passing out a tract that you buy at a Christian bookstore. It can be sharing Christ in a phone call. In person. By way of email.
My friends, Christ is coming back soon and those left behind will have to endure a horrible, seven-year tribulation. Worse, they will have to endure eternity, in hell, apart from coming to Christ for salvation.
I am no world-class witness. I get nervous. I wonder if people will think that I am strange. Then I think about their souls and I no longer care about what they think of me. I care enough to share Christ with them, even when I am nervous.
How about you? Will you be obedient, to step out of your comfort zone and share Christ with others? Will you take my challenge, to share Christ with those you come in contact with.
If you do take the challenge, you’ll be so glad you did. There’s a good chance you’ll get a call one day, from someone who thanks you for sharing Christ with them. Even if you don’t, you’ll see people, in heaven, for all eternity, who you helped lead to Christ.
Will you share Christ? I DARE YOU TO!
I love you brothers and sisters!
Have a blessed day!