I’m one of those
strange people who enjoy grocery shopping. I love to walk the aisles and see new items and also find the best deals on the things I’ve written on my list. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult when you’re trying to find something you don’t usually buy.
Such was the case this week when I went looking for Gluten Free tortillas. Would they be in the Organic section? No. How about the Ethnic food aisle? Not there. An employee at the Kroger store where I was shopping must’ve seen my desperate searching and came to ask me if I was finding everything I needed. I explained that I was looking for Gluten-free tortillas, to which she said,
“I think they’re over in the dairy (I would’ve never looked there!). Follow me and I’ll take you there.”
I told her she could just point me in the right direction, but she insisted that she was happy to walk over with me to be sure they were really there.
As my cart and I shadowed her steps across the store, the Lord brought to my mind that this is exactly how my life should tell others of Christ! It’s not enough to just give an explanation of who He is and what He did! They need someone (me) to say, “Follow me and I’ll show you where you’ll find Him!”
How and when does that happen since He’s not simply on the other side of the building?
- At home – I engage in people’s lives and have a hospitable heart so that I can invite others into my home where I can share the Gospel.
- In my neighborhood – I invite my neighbors to my church and church activities.
- In my social contacts – I give them a Gospel tract and a testimony of God’s goodness to all of us.
- At church – I engage in conversation with visitors at church and I look for a opportunity to ask them about their relationship with Christ.
- At the grocery store, bank, doctor’s office – I learn the names of the people who work there and build relationships so that I can share the Gospel.
It’s such a privilege to share Jesus with others. Why? Our lives are empty and searching for something and He is the answer! He came to die for the sins of the entire world, yet each person individually. He came to take our place on the cross. He took the punishment that should have been ours so that we could have a relationship with God and go to heaven when we die. He’s the only way to heaven. Having a relationship with God now makes life’s trials have purpose, and makes this life here abundant and purposeful! This is a message that every person needs to hear, and it has to come from people who know the Truth!
I love Kroger for lots of reasons, but their personal touch is one thing that always stands out when I’m there. As a believer in Jesus Christ, others should constantly be receiving a personal invitation from me to come to my Savior. It happens when I invite them into my life and ask them to follow me. “Oh, Lord, open my life and my lips to bring others to You!”
It’s my duty, but it’s also my highest privilege!
I struggle with this – I really do, but I so want to bring people to my Savior! Are you inviting others to follow you so you could take them to Jesus? How are you accomplishing that?