Verse after verse of the New Testament tell the children of God to “Go.” Go and tell your testimony, go and preach the gospel, and go and make disciples. There really isn’t an ambiguity. We are to go. When I first got saved for real after being lukewarm for many years, I was used to living like the world, focusing on day to day life issues. But soon, God began to show me that my responsibilities were first to Him and then to the world. It all started with a dream.
A Dream From God
I have had a few dreams that I believe are from God. Sometimes they are meant for comfort, and sometimes for correction. This one was definitely the latter. It was quick. I dreamed that a YouTube sister in Christ, Sister Jackie, was firing me. She kept telling me that I was doing it wrong, and I kept making excuses. I woke up with the phrase, “Acts 7:6” on my mind. Curious, I looked it up. “But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years.” Okay, I thought. That’s weird.
I emailed Sister Jackie and mentioned the dream, as in, “Isn’t that strange?” Very soon, she emailed me back that Sister Sheryl, who teams with her on her show on Sunday nights, had an interpretation for me. Sister Sheryl believed that God had revealed to her that I was not submitted to God. There was something He had told me to do, and I wasn’t doing it. She thought the reason was either that I didn’t believe it was from God or maybe it was out of my comfort zone. Either way, I was not in obedience, and this was causing blessings and progress to be withheld. Not good.
So I thought back to what had been happening in my life recently. I had just started attending a new church after being “unchurched” for many years. No more listening to YouTube sermons and worshiping to music videos. I was under an earthly shepherd now, and this shepherd, my pastor, was all about sharing the gospel. He believed that everywhere, no matter where we go, we should be looking for opportunities to share Christ. But I was nervous. But it was hard. But I didn’t know what to say. But I didn’t want to look like an idiot. But God never told me DIRECTLY. But…Okay. I think I found the problem.
I Had to Get With the Program
The Bible says to “Go.” God sent me to a church that goes. I needed to go. I started by going with another sister in Christ to a homeless encampment. We made lunches the day before and handed them out along with tracts, talking to people along the way. I watched her pray with people and gained a little confidence.
Then one time, I had the idea to take some Spanish tracts and packs of donuts and cold water to the men waiting for day work on the main street near where I live. I prayed the whole week asking God to send people who wanted to hear about Him. The night before I went, I prayed that someone who spoke English would come to the front to talk to me. When I got there, a man came up and asked in English if I had a job for them. I said no, but I had a gift and wanted to invite them to the Spanish services at my church. He said, “I read the Bible. My favorite book is John.” That is MY favorite book, too! I handed out tracts and even a few Bibles I had on hand.
After that, I was still nervous, but I thought I could do a little more. I did some searching, and I found a tract that I’m comfortable giving out (picture above). It’s short and sweet but gives the message I believe that people need to hear to jog them out of the mundane things of grocery shopping, lunching, etc. to think of Jesus. I started by leaving them places and worked up to handing them out to cashiers and people in line around me. I just keep them in my purse and pull them out when I go to pay. Sometimes, I will feel led to say, “Jesus is coming soon. We gotta get ready.”
I always say a little prayer for the people who receive my cards. Most of the time, people say “Thank you.” Several times, people have agreed with me. No one has ever been truly ugly to me. One time, a man refused the card, and one time, a man took the card but said he didn’t believe in Jesus. Those were the worst things that ever happened to me. I was worried for nothing.
We All Must Go
Time is short. We need to be about our Father’s business. Be the light where you live and work. Consider finding some tracts you like to hand to people you encounter and watch for opportunities to be a witness for the great blessings He has bestowed on you as His child. One day in heaven, you may be surprised to meet all the people who were there because you were obedient to God’s call.