Last week at our Bible study at school, we were talking about the need for evangelism.

Why should we share with others what we believe?

We didn’t get too far into our study and discussion before a guy walked past our group. Somebody asked him if he wanted some pizza, and he said, “No, I’m good.” He walked down the hall to the end of “the point” and went outside for a few minutes. We all continued on.

We talked about how we want to share what we are passionate about. He walked by again.

“You know, I think I will have some pizza.” We gave him some pizza.

“Do you want to sit down? You’re welcome to join our discussion.”

“No. I don’t have time right now.” He left again.

We continued. We read Matthew 28:18-20. Why do you think Jesus told us to go out, make disciples, and teach them what He says?

Somebody walked up…

“Hey, I just found out that I do have some time.”

He sat down with us, and the conversation that ensued was very good. This guy is not a believer; he said he doesn’t really even believe in God. There was such a good discussion on why we trust what the Bible says, why many so-called Christians do not live what they claim they believe, why God would destroy all life on the earth and save only Noah and his family…

After quite a while, he had someplace to go, as did the rest of us. He left, and then, watching him go, the girl who was leading the study time looked back at us all… “Yeah, if that doesn’t emphasize why we need to share our faith…! I have nothing else to add.”

A teacher who does a lot with the Campus Crusade group and had brought the pizza commented on how there are seeds planted in this guy’s heart. He said it is important to note that it was just a discussion. Not a debate or anything. Nobody ever told him he was wrong and we were right. We just talked with him and answered his questions. That is really an important detail in reaching out to others. 1 Peter 3:15-16 says to always be ready to give an answer when someone asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have, but to answer them with gentleness and respect.

As we closed our time, we read this passage… “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, “Four months more and then the harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying “One sows and another reaps” is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.'” [John 4:34-38, NIV]

We may not ever see the results. We may never know this side of heaven what this guy will eventually decide to do with that discussion. But he’s curious. He’s searching for something… he might not even know exactly what yet. But as a friend of mine said about one of our mutual friends, “[He’s] searching and really wants to know. Otherwise [he] wouldn’t keep coming around and seeking us out.” I think it applies in this instance as well.

Don’t wait… the harvest is ready. So go on and share. Now.

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