Be a Pebble

There’s something about that feeling of having a small pebble in your shoe as you walk; it’s a tiny little insignificant thing in the grand scheme of it all, yet, with every step you take you are reminded of it being there, eventually forcing you to take some action.

This is exactly what telling someone about Jesus is like. We share with an individual the difference God has made in our life and plant the seed (pebble) for that person to contemplate their own life and their own eternal journey.

We need not be super evangelists, or great Christian scholars and/or apologists, we need only be sincere in our belief of a life transformed by a loving God. After all, it is never us who brings someone to repentance, this is reserved for God alone (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).

However, to be a pebble, we must be intentional on jumping in someone’s shoe. We have to seek out the lost and go where the lost congregate; as it is highly likely they will come in droves and knock on the church doors seeking salvation.

All believers of Jesus Christ are commanded to go into the world and tell the Good News (Matthew 28:18-20). Whether or not we feel we are capable was not part of Jesus’ direction. Verse 20 tells us He will be with us and that should be enough for anyone to get over any false belief that they are not qualified, or it is “not my gift”.

We need only look around and see a decaying world where morality is in deep decline, truth is becoming relative to each individual, and church attendance is in dire straits. Now more than ever, we must resolve as Christians to do our part to stem this tide. You need not go around the world or even to another part of the city in which you live. Grow where God has planted you. Ensure your workplace, your neighbors, and even those lost in your own family know of God’s eternal love for them. Be a light for God today.

It’s okay to be afraid, but do not let that keep you from trying. God has a purpose for each of us and He will use you for His glory if you will only let Him. Stand up today and say, “Here am I, Lord, send me!”

In 1 Peter 3:15, the apostle Peter writes, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”.

This is exactly how you can present a brief and effective witness to an unbeliever: What were you like before Christ, and what is different now. No more than a hundred words. Work on it – write it down and internalize it. And be prepared.

Then pray for God to put people in your path that need to hear the Gospel:

“Father, my life is in your hands. Use me today to point someone towards you either in spoken word in in some form of silent action. Let me be available and welcoming to whatever challenge you lay in front of me. Let my words or actions be a pebble in someone’s shoe for the Spirit to begin His work.”