I remember when I was a senior in High School, a friend of mine had lost his aunt and uncle in a car accident. The next day in our English class, we all decided to make cards for him. A girl in my class came up to me and asked: “What’s that Bible verse about God not giving you anything more than what you can handle? I want to write it on my card.” What was very interesting was that this girl wasn’t only an unbeliever, but she often made fun of me for my beliefs. I explained to her that the Bible verse she is referencing is actually about temptation, and then I offered her alternative Bible verses that were appropriate for people who are grieving. She picked one of them and then went on her way.
I haven’t forgotten that day, because it really made me think. The girl who made fun of me for being ‘The Christian’ in the school came to me to find peace in God’s Word. That actually happens a lot. How many times have you been on Facebook and seen an unbeliever asking for prayer for a sick family member? Or maybe you’ve experienced a time when an unbeliever lost a friend or family member and then said “At least we know (s)he’s in a better place.” Any other time, the unbelievers would dismiss prayer, heaven, and God as ineffective or fiction … until tragedy strikes.
1 Peter 3:15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
When the girl from my class came up to me, I thought it was a bit discouraging that the only time she acknowledged God’s Word was when it was convenient for her. Then I thought about how great it is that she’s acknowledging God’s Word at all, and what a great witnessing opportunity situations like that are for believers. It shows that, to an extent, she believes that there is a God. We, as believers, can’t pass up these opportunities to fan the flame. When unbelievers ask for prayer or godly comfort, I’m sure that in most cases they are feeling a great sense of vulnerability and humility. Sometimes God uses the hardest of situations to draw others closer to Himself – and He commands us to witness. Will you allow yourself to be used by Him in these situations?
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. She is so excited that after 5 years on Summer Staff, she now has the opportunity to serve at Keswick year-round. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!