I’ve always wanted to be in an elevator or in a room where a group of people have gathered and just out of the blue, stand in front of them and say, “The reason I have gathered you all here today is..”
Today, I got that opportunity!
I applied the other day for a part-time job at a local delivery company and was scheduled for an interview this morning. When I arrived on site, there were a number of applicants vying for the same position as I. So the interviewer gathered us all in a large room and one by one, took us into their office and performed the interview.
The interviewer took each person back in the order that they had signed in at the front gate. As time went slowly by, one person exited the office and another went in. I knew that I had plenty of time as I was about the fourth from the last to sign in.
As I worked up the nerve to talk to the group waiting, I struck up conversations with those sitting close to me, but also eavesdropped on some conversations of others in earshot. I knew I was among some worldly guys and may never get the opportunity again to tell them what God has done for sinful men.
So with a shot of adrenaline, I stood in front of them and asked them their names and introduced myself to them.
With an awkward gaze, they listened to what I had to say.
My friends, sorry to interrupt you, but I wanted to share something with you before I am called back. I may not the opportunity as I probably will not be hired as I have a broken arm (then patting my brace on my arm). All of you are here because you need a job. You have bills to pay and families maybe to take care of. But I wanted to offer you something. And with grin and chuckle, I said, “Now I have gathered you all here today for.” I laughed because it was too funny. These guys must have thought I was nuts as I told them that I have always wanted to say that.
To help break the ice more and get them to feel comfortable listening to me, I told them that before I offer them something, I wanted to give a quick test. So I figured my Genius Test that I use often would suit just fine.
To one guy I asked, “Spell the word “SHOP“ out loud. What do you do when you come to a green light?” He replied with “STOP.”
To another guy I asked, “Spell the world SILK out loud. What do cows drink?” He said, “Milk.”
And another, “What is the name of the RAISED PRINT that deaf read with?” “Braille?” He replied.
One by one, they answered incorrectly and laughed at themselves and one another when I showed them how they were wrong.
Then I shared the Good Test with them, asking them individually if they had ever lied, taken something that wasn’t theirs, or looked with lust which Jesus said was adultery. Matthew 5:38
As I finished with the sharing the Law, I found myself in the presence of liars, thieves, and adulterers.
As I moved n into the gospel, that all men must give an account to God for their sin (Romans 14:12), one young man blurted out with all you need to do is pray every day. I agreed with him to a point, you need to pray, but praying won’t save you. Sharing Hebrews 9:22 with them, I informed them that without the “shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
As I said that, the interviewer opened the door and out walked the previous applicant. I pulled out a few gospel tracts and told them I had to go, but to please read this as I handed each one a tract.
I hope this encourages you to be creative, be bold, be biblical, but take every opportunity to make God known. Share the gospel with lost people. Don’t assume people automatically know God and what He has done.
Please pray for those I spoke with today. God knows their name.
So that all may know Him,