The Person Next To You May Need Jesus

1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV) 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

On a normal non-quarantine day, we encounter hundreds, if not thousands of people each and every single day. That is a lot of people. Many of them will pass by with a quick glance at best, but you may have a meaningful conversation with a handful of them. What do those conversations look like? Do those small conversations have any spiritual significance? What about those quick glances? Can they be of any spiritual benefit? Let’s take a look at how we can lead strangers to Christ, sometimes without ever saying a word. A Glance Is Just A Glance Think about how long it takes to glance at someone and then glance away, sometimes less than a second. Think about how much the mind can process during this brief exchange. Even with minimal effort, you would be able to quickly tell if the person is a guy or a girl, tall or short, you can probably tell their ethnicity, and you can tell very quickly their mood. That will be our focus here. I was walking down a street on a photoshoot a couple of years ago in Pittsburgh. Being from a small town in Maine, I had never seen so many people in one spot in my entire life. They were all walking toward the financial district. Nearly all of them had a frown. A smile would have stood out very quickly. As Christians, we should be happy and we should show it outwardly. What do people see when they glance at us? Do they see a bruised and battered person from the beatings we take from this world, or do they see the hope we have in our Lord? That quick smile could be the very thing that person needs in that particular moment. Sometimes a glance is not just a glance. Turn Conversation Into Evangelism 1 John 5:4 promises us… (4) For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith… If you are already in conversation with someone, the hardest part of evangelism has already been accomplished. The hardest thing to do in evangelism is to start the conversation. It is important to hear the concerns that started the conversation in the first place, but it is important to move the conversation toward Christ when appropriate. Literally every conversation we have can be an opportunity to lead someone to Christ. The goal for us as Christians is to make sure that everyone we care about, everyone we converse with, even strangers, overcome the world. We understand the difference between a person dying with heavenly assurance and a person that does not. Eternal punishment should push us into these sometimes difficult conversations. Closing Thoughts: How many non-believers do we pass by on a daily basis? How many conversations do we have with the lost? When need to change our mindset to reflect that each and every person we pass by or talk to my be apart from Christ, it is important that we take steps to make sure they find their way. The Lord is waiting with arms wide open, maybe that quick smile, or that conversation will lead them to a relationship with the Lord. Be very mindful in everything we do, that it would be led and guided by the love of Christ. Psalm 37:3–5 (NKJV) 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

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