Several weeks ago I ran across a link to http://rjperalta.wordpress.com/ and spent some time reading through it. I was thoroughly amazed as this man shared story after story about his experiences while sharing the gospel. It seems that he has ordered his whole life around opportunities to share the gospel. I would encourage you to check it out. But be prepared to be challenged. I was.
I sent a link to this blog to a friend and it was the topic of several conversations. It can sometimes be difficult to find ways to witness to strangers. Most places, such as restaurants and stores and the like, are not conducive to witnessing. People are busy and don’t welcome the intrusion. This is the perception anyway. So my friend and I decided to take a day and do a bit of “eavesdropping evangelism”. We chose a couple of stores where we thought we might find people doing a good bit of browsing or waiting in line. Once we were within earshot we would begin to testify to each other about our own salvation, making sure we were speaking loud enough to be overhead (but not so loud that we were obnoxious). Several times while waiting in checkout lines, people were noticeably listening to us.
Once when we were doing this, an older lady walked by very slowly and finally just stopped to listen. She was a believer also and we talked with her for a while. She was encouraged by what she overhead and we were encouraged by knowing she was encouraged!!
When the day was over, my friend and I were both thoroughly joyful, having spent the majority of the day discussing Jesus. While this method certainly does not replace direct evangelism, what a wonderful way to make the Lord Jesus the center of even shopping trips.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus said that the sower went out to sow. Let us also, as often as we are out, be mindful of every opportunity, in every way, to sow seeds for the kingdom of God.