On the Mark

September 29, 2016

Have you ever had the perfect opportunity to share the gospel and let it slip away? That happened to me recently during our time in Europe. My 23-year-old niece who lives near Rotterdam in the Netherlands is someone Hilda and I have been praying for, for a long time. She is struggling with serious identity issues and suicidal thoughts and needs to be saved. I had been praying for weeks before we left that God would give me an opportunity to share the Gospel with her and that opportunity came but I let it slip away. I was with my kids in the busy city center of Dordrecht one afternoon and while my two kids were shopping I stood on the corner of the town square watching people and out of nowhere my niece bumped into me on her bicycle. I thought to myself this had to have been from God. We exchanged pleasantries but I did not feel at ease and before I could get the words out of my mouth and share the gospel she left. I felt tormented with guilt and beat myself up the whole evening because I was not sure there would be another opportunity to see her before we left. I pleaded with God that night he would give me another chance to see her and promised I would be faithful in my witness. And guess what. He did. The next day Hilda and I went to her brother’s house for dinner and guess who was there for dinner? My niece. Later that evening as our two families were taking a neighborhood walk I came up beside her and put my arm around her, loved on her, encouraged her and shared the good news. She wept and wept and simply listened. As I went home that night I thanked the Lord that he loves the lost enough to use imperfect people like me to be an ambassador of the greatest story ever told. That God loved sinners so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. If God gives you an opportunity to share the Gospel don’t waste it. Ask God to use you and He will.