An Unlikely Prospect (You never know who might be interested in Jesus...)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. – Colossians 4:2-4
We humans are quick to judge others based on surface appearance; sadly Christians (myself included) are often as quick to do this as our worldly counterparts. The sad result is often missed opportunities to build relationships with people who may actually be interested in hearing more about Jesus.
The Navigators is an awesome Christian ministry that does a number of things very well - building relationships, sharing the gospel, and making disciples. Leroy Eims faithfully served with Navigators for decades, traveling around the world as he taught Biblical truths and helped others become disciple-makers. In his devotional “An Unlikely Prospect,” he shares a story from one of his trips to New Zealand. He was staying with some Christian friends who lived next to a burly, rough-and-tough Hell’s Angels biker dude. He noticed this man was having some trouble with his motorcycle, and decided to go over to see if he could help.
In the course of their conversation, Leroy asked the man if he’d ever heard of or read the Bible. The man answered that he hadn’t, but that he’d also really like to learn more about God’s Word. Later that evening his friends gathered for a Bible study in their home next to their biker neighbor; when Leroy shared his interest in the Bible, they nearly fell out of their chairs. How could a guy like that be interested in Jesus?
Well - I suppose the answer is because Jesus himself said he came to “seek and save the lost,” and that it’s not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick. Take a moment and think about your church - is it a place someone like the biker dude above would feel welcome and wanted? How about your own home? Are we more interested in our own comfort and maintaining the status quo, or do we really love the lost like Jesus?
This is a message I need to hear; maybe you do as well. Jesus came to seek and save the lost; will we do the same?