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First Time Out by Amanda Caldwell

July 28, 2012

A few months back, our pastor spoke on the importance of sharing the gospel. Many of the points hit home, but one thing he said was that God didn’t add credentials to his command to go out and make disciples. I often find myself shying away from opportunities to share the gospel because I’m not eloquent, or I don’t know what to say or how to say it. Someone more gifted than I, more knowledgeable, or educated, is the right one for the job. However, God’s command is universal to all believers, myself included! Just a few days later, I was at a MOPS meeting and Karissa and Laura stood up to address the ladies on a witnessing opportunity happening over the summer. One thing Karissa said at the end of the meeting just added to what I was already “chewing on.” She exhorted us to “be obedient to the call.” Those two simple instances were enough to move me to obey.

My husband and I decided to go to the Farmer’s Market booth that Calvary Fellowship put up and see just what it was all about. I was definitely nervous. I had no idea what to expect, except that we were going to talk to strangers about Jesus. To be honest, I didn’t think there would be ANY warm recipients! As we approached the booth, it felt like I was going into battle, but I said a little prayer and walked on.

When we got there, we were greeted warmly by Karissa. She explained exactly how she approaches sharing the gospel and that helped put us at ease. For the first time out there I was able to just watch Karissa. It was actually a lot to observe and take in. Thank goodness I was only observing, because I would have been stumped with the first group of people. The first group were new age spiritists and refused to acknowledge a heaven and hell. Without that acknowledgment, I wasn’t sure how the conversation would progress. But, Karissa was able to continue the conversation with the premise of “if” there was a heaven and a hell.  In all the conversations, I observed different responses. No one ever turned us down, some were more argumentative, some knew very little of Jesus and were actually curious, and some held fast to their own beliefs. All were very appreciative of Karissa’s passion for the gospel.

Though I didn’t share the gospel myself, I did walk away with a stronger desire to grow in many ways, and possibly make it back out there a few more times before summer ends. Watching Karissa’s love for others and her concern for their souls was very impactful. Even the unbelievers we talked to remarked about her passion and thanked her for sharing. They could see her love for them and this gave more opportunity for the Word of God to sink in. It was never about her agenda, always about God; therefore, it never got argumentative or frustrating for either side.

I will be praying for a God given love to see others as souls destined for eternity in heaven or hell. With a pure love and concern for others, I would definitely be bolder in sharing His Word. I would naturally think less of myself and my possible blunders and more of their fundamental need of the Gospel. The other thing that I learned that night was to appreciate what I had in Jesus. Talking to the lost really did shine a light on the gospel in my life. Being a mom, with daily tasks and routine, it’s easy for life to just weigh down on me. The gospel is true to me, but the excitement in the gospel has dimmed a bit. This experience, reignited my love for Jesus and joy in the gospel. Watching the Word of God, living and active, was powerful and exciting. He is still working in my heart and in the hearts of Sonoma County, so I only hope I can be obedient to His call!!

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