This Easter weekend Gabe, my trusted dog and companion, and I were walking our neighborhood enjoying the sights, sounds and for him the smell of the journey. Not long into our trek I saw a nail in the road. I picked it up and thought about how a nail could inconvenience, someone to say the least.
It wasn’t long after that on our nearly two mile jaunt that I spotted another nail. This time my thoughts turned toward the nails of the cross being that it was Easter weekend. I put it in my pocket with thoughts of the crucifixion. However this time I wondered if I can find a third nail, symbolizing the nails that pierced the body of Jesus, the Messiah. And I did!
It was then that these thoughts came to mind about being intentional in our witness for Christ.
- When I saw the first nail I didn’t think anything about it. It was an inconvenience. I wonder if we sometimes see people like that. Just another person who is interrupting our walk through life.
- The second nail jumped out at me. It jarred me into thinking about spiritual things. There are people I meet who need to know about the Truth of the Cross.
- The third nail brought the lesson home. After finding the other nails, I began a hunt for a third nail. After all it was actually Good Friday morning and I was sensing that God was speaking to me. The lesson this time was intentionality. It was a reminder that I need to be seeking people who need to hear and see the message that Christ has forgiven us of sin and promises eternal life if we accept Him into our lives.
Like you, I encounter lots of people in the places I go. Some are fellow Christians, most are not. I pray that I will see people as God sees them and never miss an opportunity to speak the Name above all names, Jesus, to someone.
I want to be intentional in my witness!
This past week, I have had two friends who are being intentional in witnessing to others and asked for prayer. One friend asked for prayer as he verbally witnesses to a young man. Another is serving his friend and praying that will see Christ in his actions and conversation.
Let’s be intentional. As we walk through life, let’s become acutely aware of our surroundings and be quick to share how the Love of Jesus kept Him on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.