..."Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you. (Mark 5:19)
I got the chance to do this very thing last Sunday afternoon. I was busy cleaning out my truck I have recently put up for sale when my neighbor lady come strolling over with a Bible question. I tried to lead her in the right place in the Bible to find her answer and went back to cleaning my truck. While cleaning my truck I had the feeling I should go speak more with her so I stopped what I was doing and went.
You see, when I first met this lady she was standing in my front yard smoking a cigarette inviting me across the way to the Lutheran church. I've had it on my heart to share my story with her but never knew if she would receive it being Lutheran and all.
As we talked I discovered that she isn't Lutheran at all but a born again Christian. She told me that her and her husband don't say anything because the Lutherans look down on that. She went on to tell me how during worship time she just wants to raise her hands to God and praise Him but they look down on that as well. I told her, what in the world do they think they're going to do in Heaven. So during all this I was discovering that she would be more receptive to what I would have to say.
Then the door flung wide open. She mentioned something about her smoking. I stopped her dead in her tracks and asked if I could share something that happened to me personally. I laid it all out for her. From my rearing to my rebellion and years and years of addiction to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. I told her when I laid everything down at the foot of the cross, came to Jesus in repentance, received Him as Lord and Savior I was instantly delivered from all addiction.
She received everything I had to say. It was an awesome moment of witnessing to be able to bring a glimpse of hope to her. While facts and figures often put listeners to sleep, an illustration from real life can motivate them to action.