Today’s Scripture: Acts 8:29-35
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. – Colossians 4:2-4
When I stepped out in the backyard, there was this big, tough, mean-looking guy working on his motorcycle. We were in Auckland, New Zealand, and he was something equivalent of a Hell’s Angel in the United States. I walked over to him and said, “What’s wrong with your bike?”
“I dunno. I think the people down at the garage ruined it. I took it in to get it tuned up, but now it won’t even start.”
He asked what I was doing in New Zealand. I told him I was with a Christian group called The Navigators, and I was helping people grow in their knowledge of the Bible. “For instance,” I said, “do you know much about the Bible?”
“No,” he said, “but I’ve always wondered what it was all about.”
“I’ll mention that to the group that lives next door, and maybe one of them can sit down with you and help you get into a study of the Scriptures.”
“Man,” he said, “I’d like that.”
When our group got together that night for Bible study, one of the men asked what I was talking about with the biker who lived next door. When I told them, they almost dropped their teeth. “I told him one of you would help him get started in his search to understand the message of the Bible.”
Now friend, you probably don’t have a member of the Hell’s Angels living next to you, but your neighbor may have that same desire to know what the Bible says. You won’t know until you’ve talked to them.
Lord, keep me from making judgments about a person’s interest in spiritual things, and let me see only their soul’s need. Amen.
Are you ignoring an “open door” to tell someone about Jesus?