Some of my most frustrating experiences in life have come when I should have
been better prepared--and was not. Like the time I rushed in from campus to get
ready for an important date only to find no clean clothes -- because I hadn't
done laundry in four weeks.
Everything worthwhile in life takes preparation. Whether it's driving,
athletics, public speaking, writing or witnessing. And the more preparation, the greater the
return. The better prepared we are, the more we can take advantage of an open
door of opportunity at a moment's notice.
Recently during the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta, a local
congregation sponsored an evangelistic block party. The pastor's 13-year-old
son, Chris, played basketball with some students. Suddenly Chris grabbed his
chest and collapsed. It later would be revealed a pinched artery caused two
massive heart attacks, and Chris died. Yet, even in their grief, his parents
shared their faith in Jesus and saw 52 people accept Christ as Savior. What if
they had not been prepared?
During the Convention, I also had the privilege of leading someone to Christ
during lunch with friends. Allen was our waiter. When it came time for the
blessing, I asked Allen if there was anything we could pray for concerning him.
With a stunned look he told us that his mom was ill, and he would really
appreciate prayer for her. We asked him to join us, and we prayed for Allen,
his mother and the meal. He was visibly stunned.
Before lunch was over, my friend, Randy, and I asked Allen more about his
life. We introduced him to Jesus, were present while he asked Christ into his
heart and provided information to connect him with a church. What if we had not
All it takes for any of us is just a little bit of effort. What can you do
to be prepared? Here are a few ideas:
A few good books: Lifestyle Evangelism by Joel Aldrich, Out of Their Faces
and Into Their Shoes by John Kramp and Share Jesus Without Fear by Bill
Like anything else in life that we learn to do effectively, sharing Christ
takes focused and concentrated effort. That effort must be driven by an
internal desire to be effective at communicating the love and grace of Christ
to others. If we make the investment, God blesses with the return in a way that
we never dreamed possible.
Bob Reccord is president and CEO, North American Mission Board,
A Southern Baptist Convention entity supported by the Cooperative Program and theAnnie Armstrong Easter Offering® ©Copyright 2013 North American Mission Board, SBC