Stuck in an Elevator
From; The Daily Encourager dlangerfeld@HarrisburgBaptist
"Always be prepared to give an answer to
everyone who asks you to give the reason
for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15).
When Jenny signed up for evangelism training last December,
she didn't know she'd get such immediate practical experience.
Her unexpected opportunity came when she was trapped in an
elevator in the hotel where the conference was being held.
She was confined in the small space with ten other people
(including Ashley and Jessica from her youth group and one of
their sponsors). Jenny, who was standing next to an airline
pilot from South Africa, began to talk with him about her faith
When he had a question, Ashley and Jessica showed him
Bible verses. Before the doors of the elevator opened ninety
minutes later, the man had prayed to accept Jesus as his
The young women didn't see him again, but left a Bible and a
note for him at the front desk of the hotel. When Jenny got
home from the conference, she found an e-mail from the pilot.
He wrote that the young women who had chosen to share with
him would never know how much he needed to receive Jesus.
Opportunities to share our faith are not always planned out. In
fact, most times they are not. They're unexpected, orchestrated
by God. The person you sit next to in class. An old friend
who sends you an e-mail. A relative you see once a year at a
family reunion. Or even a stranger on an airplane, in a store ...
or stuck in an elevator.
God uses Scripture to change people's lives. Romans 10:17
tells us that "faith comes from hearing the message." Your
responsibility is to share what the Bible says, then stand back.
Let the Holy Spirit do the convincing and convicting.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Have I ever found myself in an unplanned situation in which
I was able to speak to someone about my faith? Do I think
that was just a coincidence?
- If I were in such a situation, would I be ready to share what
Christ has done for me? (1 Peter 3:15)
- How can I prepare myself?
- Have I ever prayed that God would bring across my path
someone who needs him? Am I willing to offer that prayer?
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