Three years ago I went on a mission trip and it was a moving experience. I am not sure that I would do it again. Don’t get me wrong, I have thought about it and even made some moves to possibly go, but the door was shut firmly on that, so maybe it’s not time or it’s not for me to do again.
That’s not what has been on my mind today. What has been rattling around in my brain is the one time I was made glaringly aware of missed opportunities to share the gospel, and one happened while on that mission trip. We were all gathered together and being instructed on how to greet the people native to this country and we were role playing on what to do when we made home visits. There were interpreters present and we needed to know how to speak so that our thoughts could be conveyed, but we were also practicing sharing the gospel with others that were not like us.
We weren’t prepared that is for sure. We did not have our Bibles that day and we were thrown into a situation and expected to respond. The teachers were asking questions that might be asked and this one is the one that leveled me, “Who is this Jesus?” I heard the opening and I didn’t take it. Even though we were role playing it was a missed opportunity for me and I have never forgotten it.
Let’s face it we don’t usually face a question so perfect as the one I did, but how many times do we let cold feet or tied tongues get in our way of sharing the gospel with someone. or how many times have we given a watered down answer to a question because we just “didn’t want to get into it”? I was hit with the proverbial 2×4 when I came across what Paul says in Acts 20:26 “Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.” He is telling the Ephesian elders that if a person refused to come to know Jesus and His death and resurrection it wasn’t for hi (Paul’s) lack of trying. Could I say that? No, not really. I know that I have not only had one missed moment that happened while role playing. How convicting is that?
I am trying to make a conscious effort to not have any more missed opportunities…are you?